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Kerber books place in a second Wimbledon final

13 July 2018

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. I think she's incredibly confident. "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said.

Kerber didn't have her serve broken once in the first set and defied a crowd that was very pro-Ostapenko towards the end of the match.

Prowling the baseline, Williams was aggressive and precise with her groundstrokes, keeping Goerges pinned back and working hard just to remain in rallies. 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.

The Wimbledon ladies' finals are set to have a double dose of royal glamour this weekend, as the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex are confirmed to be attending the match together on Saturday afternoon.

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She was, instead, going to employ spectacular defense and solid, steady play, while letting her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, be the one to determine the outcomes of almost every point.

"This is not inevitable for me", said Williams, who gave birth in September.

"I think it is a completely new match".

Williams duly raced to victory, delighting the packed Centre Court crowd with a display that confirms the 36-year-old is nearing her best form at the flawless moment. I know it will be a full house there. "That shows that she has a lot of respect for me, really going for her shots".

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The left-handed Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion, used a seven-game run to beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3.

Continuing her imperious march, Serena Williams blew away Germany's Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4.

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"I don't want to limit myself", Williams said. It's just a number. Williams is not shy about saying she, for one, is impressed by this. She's one match from making that happen, 10 months after childbirth. "So I'm not even there yet".

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Kerber books place in a second Wimbledon final