Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber Storms Into Second Final As Jelena Ostapenko Misfires

Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber Storms Into Second Final As Jelena Ostapenko Misfires

The 36-year-old, who will be in her first final at the majors since giving birth to daughter Olympia last year, can equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slam titles if she beats Kerber in what will be a repeat of the 2016 final at the All England Club. Similar to the first set, Goerges lost serve in the sixth game with a drop shot that fell into the net.

Seventeen months ago, Williams won her last major, the 2017 Australian Open, while pregnant.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon final for the 10th time on Thursday and will face Germany's Angelique Kerber for the title.

The match that precedes Williams on Centre Court promises to be more competitive. Pliskova had been the only female player in the top 10 to reach the fourth round, the fewest in a Grand Slam event in the Open era following a slew of upsets in the first week. It's an honour to play Serena.

"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said of her semifinal matchup against Williams.

The 2017 French Open champion lost her first two service games and was down 5-2 in the opening set before rallying to force a tiebreaker against her Belarussian opponent.

Still, Williams said she's not getting too excited as she's still adjusting to tennis after returning from maternity leave.

Ahead of the big game in London, Williams admitted to "Good Morning America" that her body had changed after the baby.

Kerber is bidding to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon was Steffi Graf in 1996.

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"I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said. I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this.

"I'm just enjoying the moment". "I feel like I'm back, but I still have a long way to go to get to where I was".

With Kerber also advancing, it is the first time two German women will play in the Wimbledon semifinals since 1931.

Goerges had to do it the hard way after coming from a set down against the Dutch No.20 seed to win 3-6 7-5 6-1 and set up a showdown with the formidable Serena Williams.

But Pliskova, who reached number one in the rankings after Wimbledon previous year, found some fight and capitalised on a loose game by Bertens that allowed her to break back and level the set at 4-4.

Cibulkova advanced to her third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following runs in 2011 and 2016.

The Queen is back, with Tuesday's win guaranteeing that she will jump from 181 to at least 51 when the new rankings are announced next week.

When Williams was asked her expectations after winning her first match at Wimbledon in two years, she said, "Not only do I expect to win, I expect to win emphatically".

"I've been commentating on all Serena's matches and I think she's very close to her best level".

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