Serena Williams reaches 10th Wimbledon final with straight sets win

Jelena Ostapenko

Jelena Ostapenko

The first two points played by Ostapenko - who won the French Open in 2017 and crashed out in the first round the following year - were emblematic of the match.

For the second time in three years, Williams will face Angelique Kerber for the title. I think grass is her best surface and she plays so well here. "I'm just enjoying every moment".

Williams says the problems she faced after the birth of Olympia have left her in constant fear of new complications arising with a pulmonary embolism. Ostapenko's inability to reset and find consistency cost her dear.

"Pregnancy will not be penalized", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said last month. In her seven victorious finals at The Championships, she has dropped just two sets: to Venus Williams in 2003 and to Agnieszka Radwanska in 2012.

Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it.

The Wimbledon 2018 final will be Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber's ninth meeting, and a rematch of the Wimbledon 2016 final. "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final".

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When you have won all there is to win and are seemingly entering the twilight of your career, most athletes would be forgiven for deciding to wind things up and call it a day following such an ordeal. Kerber, who lost to Williams in Wimbledon's 2016 final, will have a shot at redemption in what's already been a solid season.

Serena Williams has reached her 10th final at Wimbledon, 30th at all Grand Slam tournaments - and first since having a baby a little more than 10 months ago.

The Duchess of Sussex will cheer on Serena Williams who has reached her 10th Wimbledon women's singles final - just ten months after almost dying during childbirth. So do I. She's playing so well.

But she couldn't keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. "I'm happy and proud to be back in a Grand Slam final, it's what I was working for since I was in a kid".

She did fight back to break Williams when the American, seeded 25th despite her laughable ranking of 181st, was serving for the match at 5-3 up in the second. "It was a tough match, Jelena was hitting hard, moving good and taking chances".

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