Unstoppable Serena Williams closes in on Margaret Court's record

Posted July 13, 2018

Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies.

Serena Williams will contest a Grand Slam final for the 12th successive year. Following the baby's delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams who returned to tournament play in March after a 13-month absence.

Serena Williams will compete in an astounding 30th Grand Slam final on Saturday - her 10th at Wimbledon - and will match Margaret Court's all-time Slam title record of 24 with a win.

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 ideal moment.

Three hundred and fourteen days after becoming a mother, tennis champion Serena Williams earned her spot in the finals at Wimbledon.

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving".

In comparison, there were just seven errors off the racket of Kerber and that tells the story of where the encounter was won.

In the final, Williams will play Angelique Kerber after the German's 6-3, 6-3 win over Jelena Ostapenko.

Across the net, she will find that same Angelique Kerber whom she defeated in her last title-match appearance on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. "I love watching her play", she said of the tenacious world No.10, adding, "she was going through the draw very well".

The first two points played by Ostapenko - who won the French Open in 2017 and crashed out in the first round the following year - were emblematic of the match.

Williams vs. Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon. Williams won that for a second consecutive Wimbledon title, then sat out the grass-court tournament past year while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.

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.

"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again". Against the No.25 seed, Goerges would need to raise the tempo, to move her opponent outside her comfort zone but the 23 time Slam champion confirmed to be the most complete player ever.

On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky. "This was not inevitable for me".