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Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber storms past Jelena Ostapenko to reach final

Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber storms past Jelena Ostapenko to reach final

The German spent 10 hours on court en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal, the most by over two hours of any player left in the draw, and hit a tournament-leading 44 aces surpassing the 300-ace threshold for the second consecutive season.

"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again".

Williams is set to face another German player in the final, 11th-seed Angelique Kerber, who also booked a spot in the decisive match beating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in her respective semifinal.

Serena Williams will compete in an astounding 30th Grand Slam final on Saturday - her 10th at Wimbledon - and will match Margaret Court's all-time Slam title record of 24 with a win.

'But as I said in the past couple years, I don't want to limit myself.

She double-faulted on set point and Kerber, who served well and defended superbly when required to fend off Ostapenko's sporadic attacks, accelerated into a 5-1 lead.

The German was unable to turn that break into anything resembling a comeback, however, as Williams quickly earned three match points in the following game and converted when Gorges sent a lob long. When serving for the match, Williams fell behind 0-40, and Goerges broke on her third opportunity with a flashing forehand, slammed deep into the far corner.

"It's about picking yourself up off the floor", said Jill Smoller, Williams's close friend, confidante and agent of almost 20 years.

After suffering a drastic slump in 2017, ending the year ranked outside the top 20, Kerber is back where she feels she clearly belongs.

"It's not frustrating [being a favourite], but it's like, "C'mon guys, this is pretty awesome", Williams said.

On Sunday, Kate and the Duke of Cambridge will watch the men's singles final on Centre Court. And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era.

Extended bed rest followed. "I nearly couldn't make it to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final".

But she declined to compare her recovery to other injuries and setbacks she has experienced, pointing to the joy of motherhood that offsets it all. When she returned from maternity leave at Indian Wells in March, every baby step was celebrated.

It was a process, as was reclaiming her movement, her timing and the power in her serve - particularly after injuring a pectoral muscle midway through the French Open. She'll play for her eighth singles title against Angelique Kerber.

Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all. All told, she won the point 87 percent of the time that she landed her first serve.