Serena Williams On Reaching Wimbledon Final 10 Months After 'Super Tough' Birth

Serena Williams On Reaching Wimbledon Final 10 Months After 'Super Tough' Birth

The 21-year-old had not dropped a set on her way to becoming the first Latvian woman to reach the Wimbledon semis, but self-destructed against Kerber in an error-strewn 6-3 6-3 defeat.

Playing in only her second grand slam event since she almost lost her life after giving birth 10 months ago, the American struck 16 winners and just seven unforced errors as she defeated the 13th-seeded German 6-2 6-4 on Centre Court.

Even after more than a year away from the tour, even after a health scare while having a baby a little more than 10 months ago, Williams is still capable of dominance.

"I think it's unbelievable that she's even had time and made the effort [to get back to that level]", she said.

"I love playing her", Williams said of Kerber that day.

The final tally told the story: Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7. Especially now that I have a daughter, I want to be around as long as I can to support her.

The youngest of five daughters, Serena was drilled intensely by her father Richard Williams, who was happy to let schoolchildren hurl insults at his girls as they played.

Nearly decade older than Ostapenko, the 30-year-old's experience and patient waiting game paid rich dividends as Kerber only offered up seven mistakes from her end.

Williams duly raced to victory, delighting the packed Centre Court crowd with a display that confirms the 36-year-old is nearing her best form at the ideal moment.

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"This is as well as she has played, period, in her career", said nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova, commentating for the BBC.

"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".

"She is clearly a really good grass-court player".

"It's not like I want to hit every ball so hard".

Kerber had beaten Williams in the Australian Open final in January, but the German couldn't produce another shock.

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month.

Serena Williams has made a career out of defying adversity so it should be no great surprise if, 10 months after a complicated childbirth, she reclaims her Wimbledon title on Saturday. "It's all about opening a small window and taking that chance because, once she gets going, it's lights out". Williams asked Mouratoglou to not speak publicly about her at the London slam after he publicly criticized her decision to play doubles at the French Open, the New York Times reported. In the 2016 Wimbledon final, Williams beat Kerber in straight sets.

She had won all the grand slam singles and women's doubles trophies at least twice, but she decided she wanted another challenge and stuck by that choice even though the complications after her caesarean section made a return to the circuit all the more hard. This is the same player who won her last Grand Slam title while she knew she was eight weeks pregnant, not dropping a set. I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final.

By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration.

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