Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams Says 'It's Crazy' After Entering 10th Final

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Following the baby's delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

Serena Williams will vie for a sixth Wimbledon title but before that, she will have to get past Germany's Julia Gorges in the semi-finals on Centre Court. To hear people say, 'Oh, she's a favorite.' Like, the last 16 months, I've played in four tournaments, and was carrying another human half that time.

In comparison, there were just seven errors off the racket of Kerber and that tells the story of where the encounter was won.

"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me", the 36-year-old Williams said, "and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career".

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). Ostapenko: Winners (30), Unforced Errors (36); Kerber: Winners (10), Unforced Errors (7).

Serena Williams celebrates after winning against Italy's Camila Giorgi during their women's singles quarter-final match on the eighth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London, July 10, 2018. Ostapenko, whose explosive play took her to the French Open title next year, attempted to turn it around late in the second set.

Williams, who hates being broken, reacted swiftly, back with game and grunt, she broke for the match.

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"I still have a match to win", she said. Williams is playing in her fourth tournament and her second Grand Slam since missing more than a year with her pregnancy, but you'd never know it looking at her. Ostapenko's inability to reset and find consistency cost her dear.

"This is not inevitable for me".

'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'. "So I'm taking everything as it is and just enjoying every moment". With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won.

Serena Williams of the USA reacts during her second round match against Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova. Suddenly, Williams' place in another All England Club final began to seem all but assured - while also feeling like entirely too much to expect so soon.

This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed.

Five games in, Ostapenko led 3-2, and the numbers were still tilted toward her. Immediately, though, she broke back at love to end it, placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges' last shot landed long.

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