Serena Williams will have a chance to clinch a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title on Saturday, after beating Julia Georges to reach the final at SW19 today.
Williams got off to a brilliant start to take the opening set 6-2 and started the second in similar fashion. Germany’s Georges, however, tried to stage a comeback with Williams 5-2 up, but could only win two games before the American sealed the match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory to become the 3rd oldest woman in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam final.
“It’s crazy. I literally didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back,” Williams said. “I just feel I don’t have anything to lose, I can play so free.”
Williams returned to competitive action in March after staying away due to pregnancy and the complications that arose after delivery, in which she stated that she almost died.
“I had a really tough delivery, I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it. I couldn’t even walk to my mailbox. So I’m enjoying every moment now.”
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Serena has powered through to the final like she was never away, and will now fancy her chances of claiming an eight Wimbledon crown and 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court, when she takes on another German, Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s final.
Kerber, who’s seeded 11th, made light work of 2017 French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko to claim a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 victory and reach her fourth Grand Slam final in three years.
Kerber won the Australian Open and the US Open in 2016 as well as reaching the final of Wimbledon in the same year, feats that saw her being ranked No.1 in the world. The German, however, fell all the way out of the top 20 in 2017. But her resurgence this year has been remarkable.
She reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and has now made it to the finals at the All England Club today. And Serena has said she’s looking forward to playing the 30-year-old, who’s dropped only one set enroute to the final.
“I played [Kerber] in the final [in 2016]. I love watching her play, so I get to play her now. Whatever happens now it’s an incredible moment for me.”