Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final months after returning from maternity leave

Wimbledon 2018: Women's semi-final preview - Can Serena and Kerber overcome major hurdle?

Facing the mighty Williams woman will be her toughest task of her comeback plan and Goerges, who has climbed to 10th in the world this year and has earned over $7m in her career, said: "I haven't allowed myself to think about it".

When the seeds kept tumbling at Wimbledon last week the growing feeling was that the trophy was bound to end up in Serena Williams' arms again for an eighth time at the All England Club.

Five games in, Ostapenko led 3-2, and the numbers were still tilted toward her.

Serena Williams will vie for a sixth Wimbledon title but before that, she will have to get past Germany's Julia Gorges in the semi-finals on Centre Court. She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it past year while pregnant. Williams gave birth to a daughter in September.

The left-handed Kerber was mainly a passive participant in the early going against Ostapenko.

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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.

Kerber, in contrast, bides her time, working the back of the court to get everything back over the net, often kneeling to get low enough to reach shots. On the way to the last-four, she's dropped one set - against Camila Giorgi - in the quarterfinal. Ostapenko's strokes were missing and she grew increasingly frustrated, slapping a thigh after a miss or leaning forward and putting her hands on her knees after others.

Having dropped a set for the first time in the tournament, former junior Wimbledon victor Ostapenko was broken again in the second game of the second set as Kerber stepped up the pressure.

Despite making 18 first-set winners compared to only six from Kerber, the 21-year-old also made 19 unforced errors, with Kerber only making two.

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.

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