Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke.

To the crowd's delight, the Latvian came back strongly winning one of the three break points she had in the next game and then holding her own to reduce the margin to 3-5. 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 because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said.

Williams will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and her first since giving birth in September.

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 flawless moment.

"A lot of people were saying, 'Oh, she should be in the final, '" the 36-year-old Williams said. "I think it's just not fair".

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort against Goerges, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me".

The engagement will be a chance for Meghan to catch up with her friend Serena Williams, who has won the tournament seven times and is taking on Angelique Kerber in this year's final. 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.

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month.

The 11th-seeded Kerber beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal on Centre Court on Thursday.

"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". Williams won that for a second consecutive Wimbledon title, then sat out the grass-court tournament a year ago while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.

"She's playing so well". 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. Especially at Wimbledon, where she's one victory from an eighth championship. "This was not inevitable for me".

'This was not inevitable for me, I had a really hard pregnancy and I had to have multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox.

Will Serena match Court's record?

When you have won all there is to win and are seemingly entering the twilight of your career, most athletes would be forgiven for deciding to wind things up and call it a day following such an ordeal. On the way to the last-four, she's dropped one set - against Camila Giorgi - in the quarterfinal.

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