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Kerber through to Wimbledon final after easy win over Ostapenko

That was also the year the German was the runner-up at Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams in the title match. The Latvian plays an aggressive brand of first-strike tennis that carried her to the 2017 French Open title as an unseeded 20-year-old.

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving".

"She's walking, maybe a little too fast", she said.

"Pregnancy will not be penalized", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said last month.

The 13th seed's response to falling a set and a break down was one of remarkable conviction and maturity, getting back on serve as Williams wobbled with an opportunity to close out the match and dropped her serve for just the seventh time in the competition.

Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it.

It meant a familiar name will stand opposite Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams triumphed in, but the iconic American was keen to emphasize that her latest journey to the second Saturday can not be considered run of the mill.

I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

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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. "I know that she is always pushing you to the limits".

Williams is the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final but that number will fool no one, and especially not Kerber who was runner-up to the American in the 2016 final.

Her 35th grand slam semi quickly raced to a conclusion as Williams stepped on the gas, Goerges trying to mix things up but failing in her execution.

"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again".

"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia".

Williams took the wheel early when she broke Gorges' serve in the fifth game of the first set.

In the first five games that went with serve, it was Goerges who made more winners, but it was Williams who broke the German to go up 4-2; after this, there was no looking back. The first of the ladies' semifinals was all about the former finalist Kerber's serving power, which was up at 87 per cent for most of the match, but sunk to (77 per cent 49/64) by the end of the clash.

Williams is playing her fourth tournament since becoming a mother and is now the favourite to win the title.

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