Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall


But the seven-time Wimbledon is not merely planning on matching the Aussie's 24-Slam haul and insists she won't "limit" herself by setting a finite target.

In an intense rally at 30-40, Williams stepped up a gear and forced an error from her opponent to take a 4-2 lead, and she followed that up with a comfortable hold.

In September 2017, she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, an experience which she later described as life-threatening and detailed complications she faced from a pulmonary embolism and a host of surgeries to prevent blood clots spreading to her lungs. Making her 18th main draw appearance at the All England Club, Williams continued her bid to win her eighth Wimbledon singles title, joining Helen Wills-Moody: in the Open Era, only Martina Navratilova has won more (nine titles).

The German attacked the biggest chink in Ostapenko's armour - her second serve, which is weak and ineffectual.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams, 36, said, according to the Associated Press.

"It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this". This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest. "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".

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'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'. "I know that I have to play my best tennis to beat her, especially on the grass".

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me".

Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day.

After having Princess Charlotte in May 2015, the Duchess's maternity leave lasted six months and it was expected to be the same length of time for her third child. It should come as no surprise, then, that she lost 6-3, 6-3 to Kerber.

"It is a completely new match", said Kerber, who failed to make a Grand Slam quarterfinal in 2017, won zero tournaments, fell from No. 1 to 21 and changed coaches. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed.

Kerber didn't have her serve broken once in the first set and defied a crowd that was very pro-Ostapenko towards the end of the match.