Kerber books place in a second Wimbledon final

Jelena Ostapenko

Kerber through to Wimbledon final after easy win over Ostapenko

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

Two months ago she withdrew from her French Open last 16 match against Russia's Maria Sharapova due to health problems just hours before the encounter was planned to start.

"This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest", said Williams after her semi-final victory on Thursday.

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.

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"She's a good grass-court player and is going really well" Williams added. "I'm enjoying every moment". Against the No.25 seed, Goerges would need to raise the tempo, to move her opponent outside her comfort zone but the 23 time Slam champion confirmed to be the most complete player ever.

At the beginning of the match, it seemed as if it may just work with the crowd-pleasing Ostapenko mixing her big boisterous hitting with some drop shots, as if to signal that she has soft hands as well.

Playing her first Wimbledon semifinal, 21-year-old Ostapenko rallied to save a match point and break Kerber's serve for the first time, but the German saved a break point as she served out the match at the second attempt. So I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. 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.

Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and US Open. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold.

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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.

Later, Williams was asked whether this has been her most trying comeback in a career that's had its share, including an earlier bout with blood clots in her lungs. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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