Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

Rightly so. For it was only about 10 months ago she was having a baby and then dealing with a serious health scare that followed.

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, watched on as wife Williams triumphed in her semi-final on Thursday, beating Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4 in one hour 10 minutes.

"I didn't expect to play this well so quickly into my comeback", she said courtside. I just feel like when I don't have anything to lose, I can just play so free.

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort against Goerges, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me. and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career", Williams added. The 21-year-old had 30 winners and 36 unforced errors, while the German had a mere seven errors.

"These are the matches I was working for as a young kid", Kerber said, "and to stand here again in the final at Wimbledon is great". Ostapenko, whose explosive play took her to the French Open title next year, attempted to turn it around late in the second set.

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But against Williams, who hit the fewest unforced errors among the four remaining players before the semifinals, she had a mountain to climb. "This is the only chance to beat her".

After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams was treated for blood clots.

On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky.

"This is not inevitable for me".

"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".

"If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I've done pretty well here in the past".

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The tennis championships always attract some high-profile names every June and this year two of the biggest names of all will be in attendance for the ladies' final.

Williams took the wheel early when she broke Gorges' serve in the fifth game of the first set.

"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final.

The 13th seed looked out of the contest at 5-3 down but she managed to force a gutsy break of serve with Williams serving for the match.

There were moments when watching Goerges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major's fourth round until now.

The American nearly bagged an early break despite Gorges racing to a 40-0 lead in her first service game.

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