Serena can cap comeback with historic Wimbledon success

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With Grand Slam win No. 24, she will equal Margaret Court as the all-time Slams leader and ditch the Open era asterisk.

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me".

It worked. The 11th-seeded Kerber reached her second final at the All England Club by avoiding too many mistakes and using a seven-game run to seize control for a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded Ostapenko on Thursday. Victory in the fourth all-Williams Wimbledon final made it 11 Grand Slams for Serena. I don't think Serena is the greatest mover on the court, and that is how Camila Giorgi took her to the limit.

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates defeating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the Wimbledon semifinals. By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, and far more unforced errors, 36-7. The two faced-off in the 2016 finals, where Williams was victorious. Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament past year while pregnant. And that she's put enough work into her body and mind since that birth, on September 1 a year ago, to again sweep all before her at the top level of her sport. "I think that she steps up her game [against me]", Goerges said.

Serena, though, won a pile of titles in her teens and early 20s, as one does, then appeared ready to have the normal descent into mediocrity, and then later in her career became dominant again. "It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this".

"I lost count after four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", she said. It was tough. There was a time where I could barely walk to my mailbox.

"I'm happy and proud to be in another Grand Slam final, I will just try to play like I did and just focus on my game".

Even now, so fierce is Williams' on-court persona, she would have you believe that she was totally consumed by the prospect of winning. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead. "For her to win Wimbledon is much more important than my freedom of expression". With 23 major singles titles to her credit, Williams could easily have chose to call it a career at age 36. She dropped out of the top 20, failed to make another Slam final and fired her longtime coach.

If Kerber can put in a high percentage of first serves and extend the rallies, as she did often against Williams in 2016, she certainly has a counterpuncher's chance.

"I still have a match to win", she said. "We saw that she improved every single match she's playing here".

As a medical precaution, given her history of blood clots, Williams wore a body-hugging compression suit during play in Paris. The German has had a much tougher run-in and I expect her to test Williams.

"I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: 'Oh, my God, I have a [pulmonary embolism] in my leg, '" Williams said.

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