Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Serena can cap comeback with historic Wimbledon success

Serena can cap comeback with historic Wimbledon success

At 181st in the world, Williams is technically the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final - although given her stellar record, it's a statistic that is unlikely to carry much weight.

Serena Williams may have been expecting to take "baby steps" ahead of her return to the sport after pregnancy, but the comeback queen remains firmly on course to make one giant leap forward and secure an extraordinary eighth Wimbledon Championships title.

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.

Across the net, she will find that same Angelique Kerber whom she defeated in her last title-match appearance on the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

She's also closing in on her 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.

USA tennis star Serena Williams has outplayed Julia Görges of Germany 6-2 6-4 to propel herself into the Wimbledon final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter.

- Aged 20, Serena already had two Grand Slam titles under her belt, but winning her first Wimbledon crown, at the expense of her sister Venus, was her true breakthrough moment.

"We had so many great matches in the last years", Kerber said. "Now she's supporting me in a different role, but our friendship is still exactly the same".

The German won her two major titles on hard courts at the Australian Open and US Open, but Wimbledon has quietly been her most consistently successful tournament. "It's interesting how that mental recovery is actually taking much longer than I ever expected".

The tennis? That's come quite naturally, not surprisingly.

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Williams became the oldest woman to win Wimbledon two years ago, beating Kerber in what was their last meeting. "She is kind of used to coming back - like Nadal", Wilander told Eurosport.

Next was a first-round loss at Miami. I've said it all week, this is only my fourth tournament back.

Declaring themselves officially on "Kate watch", one fan even said they were hoping to see a "Cambridge-Sussex double date". I know that I have to do it in the first few shots, to be aggressive, to bring a lot of balls back.

Evonne Goolagong lifted the trophy in 1980, three years after having her first child.

If Ms Williams takes the title on Sunday, she will write herself into the Wimbledon history books.

Williams is 23-6 in Grand Slam finals, and Kerber is responsible for handing her one of those rare defeats, at the 2016 Australian Open.

The 36-year year old triumphantly returned to the grass courts of Wimbledon to reach the tournament final since returning from the enforced layoff. But there is no statistic fantastic enough to convey the implausibility of the outcome - a 6-2, 6-4 win over Goerges that at once felt predetermined, yet unthinkable just a short time ago.

The left-handed Kerber, a former No 1 and two-time major champion, beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 earlier on Thursday (Friday NZT).

"I see a champion", Kerber said, "that's for sure".

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