Serena Williams to face Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon Ladies' final

Jul 12, 2018, 21:57
Serena Williams to face Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon Ladies' final

But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide. But when she's bad, she can be horrid. Especially at Wimbledon, where she's one victory from an eighth championship. She was spraying balls. It should come as no surprise, then, that she lost 6-3, 6-3 to Kerber.

When Williams left the game soon after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, it appeared her streak might be under threat.

This will be Williams' 10th final at the All England Club, according to Wimbledon, putting her in position to tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

The left-handed Kerber was mainly a passive participant in the early going against Ostapenko.

Ahead of the tournament in London, Williams told "Good Morning America" that her body had changed after the baby.

After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams dealt with issues including blood clots, and she's been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution. At 36 years and 291 days, the sixth-oldest Grand Slam semifinalist in the Open Era dominated 62 64 Julia Goerges and became the third oldest major finalist. Yes, it's her 30th title match at any major. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great". Ostapenko threw four more errors into her next service game to hand the German the first set. Goerges and Williams lead the aces count this fortnight and, for a player who suffered five first-round losses at Wimbledon before this year, must serve effectively to stand a chance today. She had 14 winners and 10 unforced errors, while Kerber had three winners and - this was key - zero unforced errors.

Seeded 25th, the 36-year-old cruised through the opening set with consummate ease and conceded just two games as the German struggled from the outset. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon.

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 flawless moment.