Angelique Kerber tops Jelena Ostapenko to reach her second Wimbledon final

Angelique Kerber

Goerges, the 13th seed, was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal. "In case no one's told you yet today, I want to remind you that you are greater than your circumstances", she wrote two days out, as if aware she was building up to something worth commemorating. "I had a hard birth, multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it".

In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break-point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2.

When Williams left the game soon after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, it appeared her streak might be under threat. Williams, the lowest ranked Wimbledon semifinalist, completed her 92nd win here, four victories away from Chris Evert, who owns the second most successes here in the Open Era (96). Ostapenko's inability to reset and find consistency cost her dear.

"This is not inevitable for me", said Williams, who gave birth in September.

Also, the chance to demonstrate that she is still the very best in the business.

Williams duly raced to victory, delighting the packed Centre Court crowd with a display that confirms the 36-year-old is nearing her best form at the ideal moment. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and big groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon. "I've been learning a lot from her".

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Earlier on Centre Court, another German, Angelique Kerber, overcame Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3.

'She's always going out there to win the matches, ' the German said.

Serena Williams demonstrated that having a baby had not robbed her of any of her phenomenal tennis skills when she became the first mother in 38 years to reach the Wimbledon final, with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of Germany's Julia Goerges on Thursday. But this is different.

As for her focus on winning No. 24? "I want to get as many as I can, starting with". I think that's what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself.

However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games.

Two months ago she withdrew from her French Open last 16 match against Russia's Maria Sharapova due to health problems just hours before the encounter was planned to start.

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