Super-Mom Serena into 10th Wimbledon final

Angelique Kerber

"These are the matches I was working for as a young kid", Kerber said, "and to stand here again in the final at Wimbledon is great". She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it past year while pregnant. But it was Kerber who played the smarter game, keeping her cool, counter-punching whenever possible, and refusing to be rattled by the screaming winners that her opponent hit time and again.

After the brisk first set, Goerges competed much more effectively in the second until she saw her serve broken once more to give Williams the advantage.

"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free".

The first of the two matches on Centre Court seemed to hold more promise given the contrasting styles of the two players. But the American discovered to be human and double faulted as Goerges played her best shots of the match to create her first break point chances. Williams, who over the years has introduced variety into her play, threw up a lob to set-up breakpoint, which she duly converted to take a 4-2 lead.

The left-handed Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion, used a seven-game run to beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3. Ostapenko: Winners (30), Unforced Errors (36); Kerber: Winners (10), Unforced Errors (7).

"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final.

Birmingham man living in Croatia in 'win-win situation'
On the country's south coast, a big screen had been set up on the pebbled beach as fans gathered nervously. We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England , we have one day less for preparation.

Serena Williams will chase her 24th Grand Slam title against Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final.

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

Williams has improved round by round at SW19 over the past two weeks and her power was a joy to behold as surprise semifinalist Goerges fell 6-2, 6-4.

This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points.

For 29-year-old Goerges, Thursday's outing was not completely a lost cause because despite the mauling, she had finally made it to a semi-final at one of the four majors - albeit on her 42nd attempt. "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.

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