Jul 12, 2018; London, United Kingdom; Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Julia Goerges (GER) on day 10 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club. And her serve, widely regarded as the greatest in women's tennis, once again packs its daunting punch and placement.
But, at a time when so many of her peers have long since retired, Williams is still pushing her body through the gruelling hours of training and practice required to repel the challenge from players often half her age.
"I had to have multiple surgeries, and I nearly didn't make it, to be honest, " Williams said of her post-delivery trauma.
Williams isn't taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she "didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back". Really soak in the improbability of what the 23-time Grand Slam champion has accomplished so far this tournament.
After all the controversy about the decision to seed Williams 25th at Wimbledon despite her position at 181 in the WTA rankings, she has proved the tournament's officials were actually too conversative.
"At this level, if I'm doing so many unforced errors, it's not going to work".
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When Serena Williams was lying on a hospital operating table in the agonising hours after her daughter's birth previous year, it was hard for the American icon to think about picking up a racquet again - let alone returning to the Wimbledon final.
And Wilander believes that clinching an eighth Wimbledon crown would convince her she was capable of winning another four Slams.
Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and U.S. Open. In the quarter-finals, she dropped the first set against Camilia Giorgi, ranked No.52, and had not faced a seed until playing the 13th-seeded Goerges. "Maybe one or two rounds but I got news for ya, the rest of the field is more anxious about her being about not seeded than she is".
"Being here and having an opportunity to play is super great for me".
"I had a really tough delivery and I had to have multiple surgeries". "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 saw her last match and you wouldn't guess that she only had a child 10 months ago from the way she moving and playing.
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Williams' match against Goerges featured two of the best servers around, and began quite evenly, until 2-all, 30-all.
And let's not forget she won the 2017 Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant.
There were moments when watching Goerges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major's fourth round until now. But this time Georges held, and perhaps recognising she had nothing to lose, turned up the aggression to set up three break-points, converting the last with an impressive putaway.
She went on a half-hour run in which she took the last four games of the first set and took a 3-0 lead in the second. We also have to see the competitor who has a 10-month-old daughter travelling with her.
As a medical precaution, given her history of blood clots, Williams wore a body-hugging compression suit during play in Paris.
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