Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

"To hear people say, "Oh, she's a favourite".

Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies.

"Whatever happens Saturday, it's one of the more impressive things that she has done".

Continuing her imperious march, Serena Williams blew away Germany's Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4.

Serena Williams swept aside Julia Gorges in straight sets Thursday to book her place in the 2018 Wimbledon final.

A fan shows her support for Williams, who's seeking her eighth Wimbledon title.

"I had age [in common with Williams] and a C-section, and I certainly wasn't coming back to play tennis", said Shriver, who's at Wimbledon as an ESPN analyst. "So I'm taking everything as it is and just enjoying every moment".

'But as I said in the past couple years, I don't want to limit myself.

The left-handed Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion, used a seven-game run to beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3.

And Kerber, who has just two wins over her in eight meetings, knows she can not underestimate her current level.

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Given Williams's domination of the sport over the past two decades, it is easy to assume that she can summon greatness at the snap of her fingers.

Kerber let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point.

By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7.

Williams had daughter Olympian on September 1, followed by a pulmonary embolism and being bedridden for six weeks. I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries. "This was not inevitable for me". "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest". It was tough. There was a time where I could barely walk to my mailbox.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. Williams, who already holds the Open Era record for Grand Slam titles, can tie Court for most ever.

The semifinal between Williams and Goerges began on a high note, marked by high quality serving and a robust exchange of ground-strokes.

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.

"I'm glad no one told me at the time I was going through that".

Such is the damage Ostapenko can do when her game clicks that even the biggest leads look fragile and, when she suddenly landed some telling blows to claw back two games, a turnaround did not seem out of the question.

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