She played so brilliantly, moving around the court so well and hitting with such power that at some point, we stopped thinking about her as a woman overcoming improbable odds and instead started expecting the results of a player who had won six of the previous 10 Grand Slams she contested before announcing to the world she was pregnant.
"These are the matches I was working for as a young kid", Kerber said, "and to stand here again in the final at Wimbledon is great".
"We've always had a wonderful friendship. for a couple years she [has come] out to Wimbledon, has supported me", Williams said.
Williams, who gave birth to her first child in September, has made a brilliant comeback to reach the final at SW19. 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). In the week leading up to her first-round match against Viktoriya Tomova, Williams posted a daily countdown on Instagram that included flashback Wimbledon photos and uplifting sentiments.
"I had a really tough pregnancy delivery".
"I lost count after, like, four surgeries", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution.
Williams will bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final after crushing Germany's Julia Gorges 6-2 6-4 in Thursday's semi-final. "She really brings out great tennis in me".
- 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.
"A lot of people were saying, "Oh, she should be in the (Wimbledon) final". It's such a pleasure and a joy [to be in the final] because less than a year ago, I was going through so much".
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.
The Grand Slam legend told reporters she and Meghan "always had a wonderful friendship".
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Julia Georges of Germany in the ladies' semifinals at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2018, in London, England.
"Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win".
But 30-year-old Kerber, seeded 11th, will not walk on as a mere prop for another Williams milestone.
She is by far the most unsafe player the American has faced so far this fortnight and is on something of a comeback trail herself after a slump in 2017. That argument would get much stronger should she win her third career major-against Serena Williams at Wimbledon nonetheless-on Saturday. For the record, she's committed only 12 double faults this tournament, and only one since the fourth round. But she needs the match of her life. "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".
"Serena loves to turn it up a notch at every level and very few players can hold their nerve".
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