Serena into 10th Wimbledon final

Julia Goerges in disbelief after reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal

She is by far the most risky player the American has faced so far this fortnight and is on something of a comeback trail herself after a slump in 2017.

Williams, seems to have taken the lead from her 10-month daughter in her approach to her comeback that has taken her to a 10th Wimbledon final.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months", said the American, who won the 2017 Australian Open while in the early stages of her pregnancy.

"Almost didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said shortly after completing her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges on Thursday.

Serena can also equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles if she beats Kerber.

"Not even once, actually, " she said.

Kerber, a finalist at Wimbledon just two years ago, and a two-time Slam victor, should be a much tougher test. Serena had not faced another seeded player in this tournament until Goerges.

"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me", the 36-year-old Williams said, "and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career".

Despite losing the match, Goerges said she was proud of her performance in her first semi-final at the All England Club. "I guess it's the first one that is hard to know if she'll win multiple Slams, but the first one is hard to know".

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Ostapenko saved a match point in the seventh and gained one break back, but it was not enough against the 2016 Australian Open and US Open champion. Against Naomi Osaka in the third round, she cracked 23 winners to 5 unforced errors, unsettling the youngster with her aggression. Williams won that for a second consecutive Wimbledon title, then sat out the grass-court tournament a year ago while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.

Ostapenko, who blazed away to win the French Open previous year, still delivered 30 winners, but was guilty of over-pushing at times against the resolute left-hander.

"This is not inevitable for me". I lost count after like four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries, and it was just routine. "There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox", said Williams.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. She was unable to find the court. Vinci had even booked a flight home for the day after their match.

When Williams married her husband, Alexis Ohanian, many questioned why Markle wasn't in attendance, despite the fact that the guest list was star-studded and impressive with guests like Beyonce, Ciara, and Kim Kardashian.

Two former World No. 1-ranked players swept their way into the Wimbledon women's singles final by making quick work of their opponents in two brutally short sets.

If Kerber can put in a high percentage of first serves and extend the rallies, as she did often against Williams in 2016, she certainly has a counterpuncher's chance.

Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle. She was solid in every facet of the game.

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