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

Julia Goerges Wimbledon 2018 Getty Images

Making a mockery of Wimbledon's decision to seed her a lowly 25th, Williams has powered through the draw, getting stronger with each match.

Rightly so. For it was only about 10 months ago she was having a baby and then dealing with a serious health scare that followed.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my 4th tournament back", Williams said ahead of Saturday's final, July 14.

Regardless of her world rank of 183, Williams was given the 25th seed at Wimbledon as the All England Club overruled the WTA's positioning of Williams in world tennis. We can not just see 23-time Grand Slam champion is just a match away from drawing level with Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24.

Mitchell Ikoghode, 31, holding her 10-week-old son Noah, said: "It's incredible. I'm so in a zone in terms of just wanting to keep playing", she said.

Williams will now face Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final in a repeat of the 2016 showpiece, a match the American won in straight sets.

The left-handed Kerber, a former No 1 and two-time major champion, beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 earlier on Thursday (Friday NZT).

"It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this", Williams said.

You have to imagine fanciful scenarios that Williams would find hard to overcome because, at this point, she is long past being hobbled by any of the normal scenarios. Kerber won the US Open two months later, but struggled throughout 2017.

Ostapenko made 36 unforced errors on Thursday as she failed to find a happy medium between attack and staying patient.

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Williams had daughter Olympian on September 1, followed by a pulmonary embolism and being bedridden for six weeks.

"I lost count after, like, four surgeries", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution. "Now she's supporting me in a different role, but our friendship is still exactly the same".

"If I was missing my first serve I was going for another first serve because if you serve under a certain speed she is just going to expose that constantly and you give her so much confidence that it is pointless".

"I think there are few kinds of tennis players".

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition.

Kerber is a very good player but Serena is on the precipice of a first post pregnancy Slam to add to her legacy.

A poor drop shot handed Williams a 4-2 lead in the second, the seven-time champion having executed a crisp backhand the point before that Goerges could get nowhere near. For that first title Serena had to beat Martina Hingis, who was a little over a year older than her but had already won five Slams.

"A lot of people were saying, "Oh, she should be in the (Wimbledon) final". "I think that she steps up her game [against me]", Goerges said. Along the way she has seen off the entire careers of world-class players.

"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery". "There was definitely pressure towards the end", said Williams, who also completed the Serena Slam in 2003.

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