Wimbledon 2018: How Serena, Kerber paved their way back to the final

Rex Christensen
July 14, 2018

She's also a little more preoccupied with spending time with her 10-month-old baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

- After a barren six-year spell marred by Wimbledon final defeats against Venus and Maria Sharapova, it was Serena's time to regain her throne.

The 36-year-old's pregnancy ended with an extremely hard delivery that left her needing several operations to prevent life-threatening blood clots. "I had a really tough delivery. and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said. "I think it's fantastic that she's even had time and made the effort [to get back to that level]", she said.

"I can't speak for Serena but I can speak for being a champion on some level, and this isn't a human rights issue, there should be a right".

"I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: 'Oh, my God, I have a (pulmonary embolism) in my leg,"' Williams said.

"Because I have Olympia". "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff". "If Serena Williams enters the 2018 U.S. Open, the USTA will recognize her accomplishments, recognize her return to the workplace and will seed her, regardless of what her ranking is". That was also the year the German was the runner-up at Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams in the title match.

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If Ms Williams takes the title on Sunday, she will write herself into the Wimbledon history books.

And Wilander believes that clinching an eighth Wimbledon crown would convince her she was capable of winning another four Slams.

Her first Grand Slam tournament back was the French Open, where she won three matches before withdrawing last month because of an injured chest muscle. 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. I can't say it's not.

Williams then said she did not feel she deserved her status as the media's favourite for another Wimbledon title, as she had only "played four tournaments". "This was not inevitable for me". The fact is, grass forces Kerber to do exactly what she needs to do in order to play her best tennis: be aggressive.

"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament. It's just a number". But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide. "I still have a match to win, so I'm not even there yet". Until then, Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline and big serves with Williams. The 30-year-old has bounced back from a awful 2017 and is close to the form that brought her the Australian and US Open titles two years ago. "Wimbledon is a really special place". I know that she is always pushing you to the limits to play your best tennis. "With 2016, all the success, 2017, with a few up and downs, to coming back this year, I think I learned so many things about me".

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