Serena Williams sets up Wimbledon final clash against Angelique Kerber

Order of Play Day 9 Serena targets another final as cream of the crop rises to the top

Order of Play Day 9 Serena targets another final as cream of the crop rises to the top

For the past 18 years, Smoller has been by Serena Williams's side for nearly every step.

Even after more than a year away from the tour, even after a health scare while having a baby a little more than 10 months ago, Williams is still capable of dominance. She's a champion. That's why she is there where she is now'.

Williams, who is in a major final just 13 matches into a stirring comeback, said, "This is insane, I don't know how to feel".

"I was just trying to playing my own match".

Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time major victor said: "If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I've done pretty well here in the past".

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Consecutive Ostapenko backhand errors handed 10th seed Kerber the first break and she proceeded to win seven of the next eight games basically by defending well and serving solidly to move into a 5-1 lead in the second set.

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.

The 30-year-old was gifted point after point as Ostapenko's aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors. Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament previous year while pregnant.

The American star is so close to Meghan that she postponed her pre-Wimbledon media duties to go with her to watch her husband Prince Harry play polo in Ascot. "This is the only chance to beat her".

Today, at 36 and just 10 months removed from a hard childbirth that was followed by grave health complications, she's bemused by those who expected her to reach Wimbledon's final this year, so soon after returning to competition.

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In a sense, Williams has been writing this narrative - rising up, overcoming, doing the impossible - since her father, Richard, took her and sister Venus to a dilapidated tennis court in Compton, Calif., put rackets in their hands and coached them, along with their mother, into champions.

"This is not inevitable for me".

"The last years, not only 2016 and 2017, also the years before, give me a lot of experience and to know what is really important in life, what's not, and what you have to focus on". So I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

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

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition.

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After advancing, she summed up her feelings in brief caption along with a photo of herself celebrating during her semifinal win over Julia Gorges: "Can't help but smile".

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