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14 July 2018, 07:14 | Charlene Valdez
GETTYGoerges will play in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final today
Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies. She's playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches.
Immediately after she sealed her spot in her 10th singles final at the All England Club with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Germany's Julia Goerges, Serena herself put her win in perspective.
Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis in March, but failed to achieve any considerable progress in her first tournaments and struggled to regain decent competitive shape.
Mitchell Ikoghode, 31, holding her 10-week-old son Noah, said: "It's unbelievable". I can see it going a little like their 2016 match at Wimbledon where it's tight in the beginning, but Serena wins in straight sets.
In the first semi-final, Kerber, the highest seed remaining at No.11, was much too steady and resourceful for another power player, 21-year-old Jelena Ostapenko. Kerber also won that year's U.S. Open, replacing Williams atop the WTA rankings right afterwards.
Williams watched Wimbledon from afar a year ago when her sister Venus lost to Spain's Garbine Muguruza but, in truth, it feels as if she has never been away after she dropped only one set as she progressed to a 10th Wimbledon final.
If the American can lift the title at the All England Club, it would represent a remarkable comeback after the birth of her daughter last September.
Serena Williams was expecting to take "baby steps" on her return to tennis as a mum but after reaching the Wimbledon final wants to make giant strides.
"If I want to play on that level, I have to reduce my unforced errors". I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth. "I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final", she said.
The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. Kerber needs to mix up her shots, giving Serena different pace and make her run the length of the court. No disrespect to the likes of Goerges and Mladenovic who are good players, but they are not Williams' equal.
Williams, who had lost the French Open final just weeks earlier, was back to her best, dropping only one set en route to the silverware.
But she has not had it easy.
Hardly so. And Williams has made a point of raising the curtain on her rocky road back to make a larger point to women who feel overwhelmed by the changes in their bodies, emotions and priorities following childbirth. She's won 89 percent of her service games and 80 percent of points on first serve. "We saw that she improved every single match she's playing here".
"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia".
"Mostly, the hardest part was mentally letting go of a lot of mommy things in order to fully be 100 percent into tennis", Williams said. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".
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