Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

Angelique Kerber

Wimbledon seemingly disagrees with where the WTA think Williams is at right now.

She is by far the most unsafe player the American has faced so far this fortnight and is on something of a comeback trail herself after a slump in 2017.

"It's been a insane 10 months", Williams said.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams, 36, said, according to the Associated Press.

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she'll tie Margaret Court's all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

"For me, having to deal with PEs is more mentally challenging because if I have a pain in my leg, I automatically go to the worst-case scenario", she said.

Seeded 25 this year and with a world ranking of 181, Williams insists she will be the underdog against Kerber despite boasting a 6-2 career lead over the 30-year-old left-hander. Ahead of the final, in press conference Kerber said: 'I think it is a completely new match.

"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".

Ostapenko made 36 unforced errors on Thursday as she failed to find a happy medium between attack and staying patient. Kerber is one of five women that has defeated Williams in a Grand Slam final. She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it previous year while pregnant.

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.

Serena Williams was expecting to take "baby steps" on her return to tennis as a mum but after reaching the Wimbledon final wants to make giant strides. What Federer did at the Australian Open - you prove to yourself you can win the biggest tournament in the world, or one of the biggest, and then you know you can do it again.

"Being here and having an opportunity to play is super great for me".

"I had a really tough delivery and I had to have multiple surgeries". For a time afterward, she could barely walk to the mailbox.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. Vinci had even booked a flight home for the day after their match. Given the circumstances, if Williams were to win No.24, it would surely deserve consideration as her greatest career achievement.

But she has not had it easy.

Williams explained that Markle's come to support her during Wimbledon over the past couple of years and now, her role and position has changed, but that their friendship remains very much the same. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold.

"Now for sure she had a lot of big confidence, especially after the matches she won here already". "We saw that she improved every single match she's playing here".

The second set followed a similar pattern, with the only brief wobble coming in the ninth game when Williams was broken. "It was quite tough but I'm happy to be through". "I am a solicitor and I know how painful it is to go to work and then have to get up in the middle of the night".



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