Serena in Wimbledon final 10 months after giving birth

Angelique Kerber

"We both learned a lot".

"2017 is over and I'm glad about that".

While Leah Stivala wrote: 'I'm just patiently waiting for Meghan Markle to be in the Royal Box with Kate watching Serena at Wimbledon'.

The American's fiercely competitive streak fuelled her rise from the bullet-riddled courts of Compton in south-central Los Angeles, and she remains as driven as ever.

It did not happen again in any Grand Slam until Belgian Kim Clijsters won the 2009 U.S. Open after having daughter Jada.

And Wilander believes that clinching an eighth Wimbledon crown would convince her she was capable of winning another four Slams.

To put that in perspective, the 36-year-old Williams, who had to have emergency surgery due to blood clot issues that could have been life threatening during the birth, spoke about the enormous challenges she's overcome after winning her Wimbledon semi-final. "I think that's what I was doing in the past". I know that sounds weird, but I don't. "She does it so well". But there is no statistic fantastic enough to convey the implausibility of the outcome - a 6-2, 6-4 win over Goerges that at once felt predetermined, yet unthinkable just a short time ago.

Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday in a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon.

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In the past, Williams has often looked to be exorcising personal demons in the latter stages of major tournaments - the power in her strokes matched by the fire in her eyes. I know that she is always pushing you to the limits to play your best tennis.

Despite rumors that Williams played beer pong at the reception, the tennis great completely laughed off those claims.

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.

The 23-time major victor can match the Australian legend's total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won. But it will be no easy road.

After each win this fortnight, Williams returned to social media to post motivational memes - "Make this week greater than your last", she wrote on Manic Monday - and in her news conferences, she openly shared the perspective she gained by becoming a mom. The fact is, grass forces Kerber to do exactly what she needs to do in order to play her best tennis: be aggressive.

Williams, seems to have taken the lead from her 10-month daughter in her approach to her comeback that has taken her to a 10th Wimbledon final. She was unable to take advantage of her opponent's sub-80 miles per hour serves. She's also pounded 44 aces, seen 50 percent of her first serves unreturned and hammered a 122 miles per hour ace against Camila Giorgi in the quarters.

Wimbledon is just Serena's fourth tournament since returning to the tour in March. She was spraying balls. Equally important will be the mental game that goes on between these two women. "I think that she steps up her game [against me]", Goerges said. "That's why she is where she is now".

Saturday's final against Angelique Kerber could certainly be quite a moment.

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