Serena Williams: Wimbledon final is 'awesome' after having baby

Serena Williams: Wimbledon final is 'awesome' after having baby

Serena Williams: Wimbledon final is 'awesome' after having baby

"I know that I have to play my best tennis to beat her, especially on the grass".

"When I don't have anything to lose, I can just play so free and that's what I'm doing".

"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery". Belgian Kim Clijsters won the 2009 U.S. Open, 18 months after childbirth, then added two more Grand Slam titles before retiring in 2012. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox. "It's not frustrating, but it's like, 'C'mon guys, this is pretty awesome'".

'To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament, ' she said after beating Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4.

Williams, 36, arrived at the All England Club ranked 181 in the world and seeded 25th but these numbers have been fooling no-one.

The Duchess of Sussex is to attend the Wimbledon ladies singles final on Saturday to watch her friend Serena Williams attempt to win a record-breaking 24th grand slam title.

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.

For Kerber it is a second opportunity to win Wimbledon in a final after she reached the showpiece match in 2016. Goerges, playing her first Slam semifinal, sent a forehand flying wide off the sidelines to concede serve. "In case no one's told you yet today, I want to remind you that you are greater than your circumstances", she wrote two days out, as if aware she was building up to something worth commemorating. "Yeah, I have to be ready for the match of my life".

It seems her progress since her return - which included reaching the fourth round at the French Open last month but withdrawing through injury - has surprised her. And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era. Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me.

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. Autograph hunters, selfie-seekers, memorabilia collectors, young, old, girls and boys, asking her to smile, telling her to keep going, calling her an inspiration. "That shows that she has a lot of respect for me, really going for her shots".

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