Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

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.

Williams, who gave birth to a baby girl, Alexis Olympia, in September, added: "I had a really tough delivery, I had to have multiple surgeries, and nearly didn't make it to be honest".

And Williams feels she may not have been given enough credit for reaching this stage in just her fourth tournament back. "I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", she said. "I had a really tough delivery and I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth", the champion said.

"Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward", she said.

It also offers the returning legend the chance to match Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles just 10 months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia. Ostapenko: Winners (30), Unforced Errors (36); Kerber: Winners (10), Unforced Errors (7).

And, while there were plenty of doubters when Williams spluttered in the first matches of her return to action earlier this year, somehow it was never in doubt that this latest chapter in Serena's life would have a happy ending.

When asked about the change, Williams said, "I don't know".

And Wilander believes that clinching an eighth Wimbledon crown would convince her she was capable of winning another four Slams.

The 36-year-old will also become the oldest mother to win a grand slam title and only the second mother to win Wimbledon.




The former world number one then capitalised on more poor play from Ostapenko, breaking her serve at the first time of asking in the second set and again in the sixth game. She knows how to play on this court.

Williams would not disagree - she said she felt like a "superhero" wearing a black catsuit at the French Open, while the flesh-coloured tights she is wearing here would meet a comic-book heroine's approval.

"Emotionally and mentally no one can beat Serena but will she hold up physically after having a baby?" the six-times Wimbledon champion said moments before taking her seat in Centre Court's Royal Box.

Williams had quite a few twists and turns and this proved to be a tough year for the tennis star who seeded 25 in the tournament after her pregnancy hiatus.

She has been at the top for a generation, since she beat Martina Hingis aged 17 in the 1999 US Open final.

Goerges, who hit 20 winners and managed a break against Williams in the second set, said she was honored Williams brought her A-game to Centre Court.

"It's very impressive. I haven't even been to the gym, let alone played tennis. It was tough. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox". She's here to win. Williams first came back by playing doubles with her older sister, Venus, for the U.S. Fed Cup team in February.

Williams posted on Twitter: "She took her first steps". The Mind, because of Williams's matchless ability to focus under pressure.

Her once boring news conferences have been livened up by her willingness to talk about being a mum, candid descriptions of her childbirth complications, and being upset at missing her daughter's first steps because she was training. This is the same player who won her last Grand Slam title while she knew she was eight weeks pregnant, not dropping a set.

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