Serena to face Kerber in Wimbledon final

Angelique Kerber

"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free".

It's nearly as if Serena Williams never left. "I had a really tough delivery and I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth", the champion said.

I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament a year ago while pregnant.

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

"She's playing so well".

"I didn't expect to play this well so quickly into my comeback", Williams said after the match.

Serena got the 13th seed on the move. "It would be really special to win", said the two-time Grand Slam champion.

The second set was quite simply a masterclass in precision groundstrokes from Kerber as she again broke early to seize the advantage.

After getting broken by Goerges in the second set Thursday, Williams slammed the door on any thought of a rally by serving out the match with successive service blasts.

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory.

The left-hander had to save a break point, too, at 2-3 - conjuring an ace.

After taking tentative steps in her return to the sport in which she has always been the dominant force, just 13 matches into her comeback and ranked 181st in the world, she appeared to be working at the level that enabled her to win 23 Grand Slams.

The American is quite the queen of Centre Court, whether she's swinging her racket or engaging with the fandom. And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era.

Kerber has her heart set on winning a first Wimbledon title after booking a return to the final.

But Williams, who looked disappointed but still unruffled as he has been right through the tournament - so serene that a journalist couldn't resist asking whether this had something to do with motherhood - reeled off the next four points to break right back and win the match.

Goerges had come into her first Grand Slam semi-final having belted more winners (199), more aces (44) and more unreturned serves (113) than anyone else in the women's draw but those statistics counted for little when she came up against an opponent who is in hot pursuit of a record-equalling 24th major.

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