Serena Williams makes Wimbledon final, 10 months after childbirth
Jul 12 2018
Serena Williams of the USA shakes hands with Germany's Julia Goerges after winning her semi final match.
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, watched on as wife Williams triumphed in her semi-final on Thursday, beating Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4 in one hour 10 minutes.
"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said. I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back after 16 months away.
"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free. That's kind of what I'm doing". With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won.
That's not the case.
Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion, routed 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 Thursday on Centre Court at the All England Club.
Her 35th Grand Slam semi quickly raced to a conclusion as Williams stepped on the gas, Goerges trying to mix things up but failing in her execution.
"I lost count after, like, four surgeries", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution.
'She's always going out there to win the matches, ' the German said. Ostapenko, who has a volatile game, finally broke Kerber's serve in the second set, but by that point she was already down 1-5 and it wasn't enough.
"A lot of people were saying, 'Oh, she should be in the final,"' the 36-year-old Williams said. After Kerber had her serve broken in the second set, Ostapenko powered back to take another game, but Kerber was able to complete the sweep when Ostapenko fired two serves back into the net and returned the final volley outside the lines on match point. Kerber did not dictate much, content to let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point.
Williams vs. Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon.
Nobody in the women's draw has been hitting a bigger forehand than Ostapenko - with a 73mph average - which is indicative of her all-out attacking nature.
There were no drawn-out points in the early going, no lengthy baseline exchanges, essentially because Ostapenko wouldn't allow it.
On Saturday, just 10-and-a-half months since giving birth to her first child, Williams will take on Germany's Angelique Kerber for the chance to match Court's haul with a title at the All England Club.