Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Serena Williams sets up Wimbledon final clash against Angelique Kerber

Serena Williams sets up Wimbledon final clash against Angelique Kerber

Williams was bedridden for six weeks after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia - she had an emergency caesarean section, which is major abdominal surgery, followed by a series of complications including the wound "popping open" because of a pulmonary embolism, and a swelling of clotted blood in her abdomen.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my 4th tournament back", Williams said ahead of Saturday's final, July 14.

"I didn't expect to play this well so quickly into my comeback", Williams said after the match. "I had a hard birth, multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it".

While Leah Stivala wrote: 'I'm just patiently waiting for Meghan Markle to be in the Royal Box with Kate watching Serena at Wimbledon'.

Williams needs to win, but one more match to claim her eighth Wimbledon title and her 24th Grand Slam title and etch her name alongside Margaret Court's as the winningest Grand Slam champion in history.

Williams was bedridden for six weeks after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September past year following an emergency caesarean section.

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"I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: 'Oh, my God, I have a [pulmonary embolism] in my leg, '" Williams said.

Earlier, Kerber neutralized the booming groundstrokes of Ostapenko to reach her second Wimbledon final.

The set looked to be following the same pattern as the first-Gorges had yet to earn a single break point in the entire match as she struggled to challenge Williams' serve-but the 29-year-old finally did so as Williams attempted to serve for the match.

"It was quite tough but I'm happy to be through". Then came her singles return, at Indiana Wells in March, when she won her first two matches before losing to her sibling.

The change paid off, with Kerber now playing for the Wimbledon title after a quarterfinal spot at Roland nGarros last month and a semifinal place at the Australian Open at the start of the season.

Mitchell Ikoghode, 31, holding her 10-week-old son Noah, said: "It's incredible".

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How do you beat her?

'She's trying to, yeah, playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches.

She arrives in her 30th Grand Slam final - her 10th at Wimbledon on a 20-match winning run on the lawns of south-west London. "This was not inevitable for me". "I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final", she said. Kerber, who lost to Williams in Wimbledon's 2016 final, will have a shot at redemption in what's already been a solid season.

With five Grand Slams in her trophy cabinet, Serena was well established as a global star, but the Williams' sisters popularity with fans was still hit and miss after a less than warm reception at the French Open. The following year she won four para-cycling world titles before she became Britain's most successful female Paralympian by adding another three golds to her collection in Rio.

Muguruza was making her major final debut and Serena exploited the youngster's nerves despite a brief wobble of her own late in the second set when she twice dropped serve.

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