Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Why Serena Williams doesn't want coach to speak at Wimbledon

Why Serena Williams doesn't want coach to speak at Wimbledon

The two-time Grand Slam victor edged Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in a straight sets victory to make it to her second Wimbledon final.

Serena Williams has reached her 10th final at Wimbledon, 30th at all Grand Slam tournaments - and first since having a baby a little more than 10 months ago.

"I think it's unbelievable that she's even had time and made the effort [to get back to that level]", she said.

"I had to have multiple surgeries, and I nearly didn't make it, to be honest, " Williams said of her post-delivery trauma.

Williams could win her 24th Grand Slam singles title, tying Margaret Court's record. Once you do that, you've got a chance, but she wins points so quickly: "serve and next shot or else just a straight return victor", Navratilova said.

"This was not inevitable for me", Williams said after the match, which took 70 minutes to complete.

Serena Williams has reflected on how far she's come since giving birth to her daughter, after winning her Wimbledon semi-final. Williams beat Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in their last meeting in the 2016 Wimbledon final and said she's been watching the German play well the last two weeks.

"I don't think she's physically got the fitness that she had but she's the best competitor in the game, she's got the best all-round shots in the game with the most power", Cash told BBC Sport. "For me, I only see joy out of it". The Heart, because of her extraordinary desire to keep testing herself against the best, even as a 36-year-old with a 10-month daughter at home.

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Today, at 36 and just 10 months removed from a hard childbirth that was followed by grave health complications, she's bemused by those who expected her to reach Wimbledon's final this year, so soon after returning to competition. She played in the doubles dead rubber of the United States' Fed Cup tie in February before returning to competitive singles in March. She was not going to dictate or control much.

The American didn't drop a set in the entire tournament and Russian 21st seed Zvonareva, playing in her first Grand Slam final, was no match.

Six months later, Williams returned the favor, beating Kerber at Wimbledon to earn her 22nd major.

Williams took the wheel early when she broke Gorges' serve in the fifth game of the first set. "Players like Angie, she's very consistent", Ostapenko, who lost in the opening round at the French Open as defending champion, said.

However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games. I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. I think that's what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself.

Aged 20, Serena already had two Grand Slam titles under her belt, but winning her first Wimbledon crown, at the expense of her sister Venus, was her true breakthrough moment.

Ranked 183 in the world before the Championships began, her performances have rendered the debate and controversy prior to the tournament about whether she should be seeded - she was eventually granted a discretionary seeding of 25 - absurd.

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