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Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final months after returning from maternity leave

Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final months after returning from maternity leave

"She knew how to win that match by her experience, and".

After the brisk first set, Goerges competed much more effectively in the second until she saw her serve broken once more to give Williams the advantage.

Rightly so. For it was only about 10 months ago she was having a baby and then dealing with a serious health scare that followed.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back" she said in the post match interview.

Although Williams is back in the final, this still threatens to be an extraordinary Wimbledon.

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving".

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort against Goerges, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

Despite being only four tournaments into her return, she has been many people's favourite for an eighth title.

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month.

The former world number one will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Angelique Kerber in Saturday's showpiece.

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Last year, Williams took a break from competitive sport, announcing her pregnancy shortly after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open.

"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again".

Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time major victor said: "If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I've done pretty well here in the past". I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth. "I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so for me to back in a Wimbledon final isn't normal nor is it inevitable".

In the first five games that went with serve, it was Goerges who made more winners, but it was Williams who broke the German to go up 4-2; after this, there was no looking back. Now for sure she had a lot of big confidence, especially after the matches she won here already.

That title pushed her past Steffi Graf's record of 22 majors in the half-century professional era; Court won some of her Slams during the amateur era.

Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all. Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline with Williams.

Kerber, in contrast, bides her time, working the back of the court to get everything back over the net, often kneeling to get low enough to reach shots.

A tight tussle looked in store at 3-3 in the first set but when Ostapenko fired a forehand long to drop serve the match quickly ran away from her.