Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final months after returning from maternity leave

The outcry over her unseeded status at the French Open-she didn't lack points for failing to win or because of injury, but rather because she was busy for over a year having a baby-led to the USTA reexamining the ranking and seeding process.

This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points. I didn't think I would be doing this just 15 months after. She was not going to dictate or control much.

Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time major victor said: "If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I've done pretty well here in the past".

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

Seeded 25th, the 36-year-old cruised through the opening set with consummate ease and conceded just two games as the German struggled from the outset.

Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great". That's wildly impressive. Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win.


Williams v Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final. Against the No.25 seed, Goerges would need to raise the tempo, to move her opponent outside her comfort zone but the 23 time Slam champion confirmed to be the most complete player ever.

Williams will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and her first since giving birth in September. Goerges, playing her first Slam semifinal, sent a forehand flying wide off the sidelines to concede serve.

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.

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

But she couldn't keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next.

At the beginning of the match, it seemed as if it may just work with the crowd-pleasing Ostapenko mixing her big boisterous hitting with some drop shots, as if to signal that she has soft hands as well. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead.


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