Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

Angelique Kerber

That was also the year that Kerber reached the Wimbledon final, losing to Williams in straight sets.

But it has not even been a year since Williams spent six days in hospital after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia by emergency C-section and then needing surgery to prevent blood clots entering her lungs with potentially fatal consequences.

LONDON-Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.

She said: "Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon and has supported me". "I had a hard birth, multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it. I'm taking it as it is and just enjoying every moment", Williams said. Along the way she has seen off the entire careers of world-class players.

They will watch Angelique Kerber take on Serena Williams in the women's final, Kensington Palace confirmed last night.

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I'm really happy that now I'm finally here. "So I'm really glad and happy to be here". He had an incredible season last year and I hope he can do it this year too.


At 181st in the world, Williams is technically the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final - although given her stellar record, it's a statistic that is unlikely to carry much weight.

"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery". All told, she won the point 87 percent of the time that she landed her first serve. "Maybe one or two rounds but I got news for ya, the rest of the field is more anxious about her being about not seeded than she is".

Referencing her dismal form past year, Kerber added: "2017 is over and I'm really happy about that".

Looking towards King in the Centre Court Royal Box afterwards, Williams said: "Hey Billie, I got you, it's number 13 for me".

Besieged by allegations that results of matches between the pair were "fixed" by Richard, the situation became ugly at Indian Wells when Venus withdrew injured just before her 2001 semi-final against Serena.

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"It would have been the dream match for me to test my serve and volley against her power game, although it would never have been enough to just serve and volley as she loves a target. Otherwise, I think she's not only defensive player, she can hit winners, as well".

Serena Williams will bid for an eighth Wimbledon singles title on Saturday having powered back to the top of tennis barely 10 months after becoming a mother.

Zoe Colver, 39, from Manchester, said she was shocked about how long it took her to get back into playing hockey.

In the two matches she was really tested, against Kristina Mladenovic and Camilla Giorgi, she showed off her impressive ability to dig in, raising her level when went a set down in the quarter-final.

When she returned to competition in March, she was disappointed that she didn't perform better.

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In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2. The Australian's 24 singles majors remains a record, with Williams one behind. "It would be really special to win", she said. Her family, including sister Pippa Middleton, have also made repeat appearances at this year's event.

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