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Germany's Angelique Kerber too strong for Jelena Ostapenko

Order of Play Day 9 Serena targets another final as cream of the crop rises to the top Kerber through to Wimbledon final after easy win over Ostapenko
Ella Tate | 13 July, 2018, 03:18

Kerber is now back in a grand slam title match for the first time since beating Karolina Pliskova in the 2016 US Open final - having started that year by stunning Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open.

She is now set to face Angelique Kerber, who defeated Jeena Ostapenko in the other semi-final, in a replay of the 2016 Wimbledon final.

Kerber used a seven-game run to seize control of her semifinal and collect a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded Ostapenko.

Williams will be going for her eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam, a number that would tie her with all-time leader Margaret Court. "She does it well", said Williams, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Wimbledon. "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest".

Serena Williams knows that what she's doing - by making it back to the Wimbledon final so quickly after going through a life-threatening experience while giving birth to her daughter last September - is incredible.

After getting broken by Goerges in the second set Thursday, Williams slammed the door on any thought of a rally by serving out the match with successive service blasts.

Fittingly, Williams' daughter was in the Centre Court crowd as tennis's latest super-mum dismantled Goerges like she needed to get her 10-month-old back home in time for an afternoon nap.

The World Cup exposes the limits of globalization
It will, of course, take a lot more than mastering the Lotus Position to help the Three Lions get the better of Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday night.

With 2016, all the success, 2017, with a few up and downs, to coming back this year, I think I learned so many things about me.

. "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". "I know that she is always pushing you to the limits".

Williams' match against Goerges featured two of the best servers around, and began quite evenly, until 2-all, 30-all.

In her press conference, Williams talked about how fantastic it is to be where she is now. She waited 42 main draw appearances in a Grand Slam before reaching her maiden semifinalists, the fifth longest wait in the Open Era behind Likhovtseva (46), Vinci (44), Tauziat and Vesnina (42).

"She's playing so well. So I'm taking everything as it is and just enjoying every moment".

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory.

Also, the chance to demonstrate that she is still the very best in the business.

In the week leading up to her first-round match against Viktoriya Tomova, Williams posted a daily countdown on Instagram that included flashback Wimbledon photos and uplifting sentiments.

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