Angelique Kerber opens up on how to beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon

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"That's pretty cool", Williams said of the British public's respect for her achievements.

Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies. Goerges, the 13-seed, used her powerful, snappy serve to her advantage while Williams remained steadfast in her groundstroke-based approach. Moreover, given the times she has tumbled from the top of the world rankings following tragedy or injury, only to rise again - as she did following the 2003 death of her sister Yetunde, foot surgery in 2010 and a life-threatening pulmonary embolism in 2011 - it's easy to assume Williams's return to world-beating form was a certainty after maternity leave.

"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 in 16 months", said the American, who won the 2017 Australian Open while in the early stages of her pregnancy.

The Wimbledon ladies' finals are set to have a double dose of royal glamour this weekend, as the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex are confirmed to be attending the match together on Saturday afternoon.

Her 35th grand slam semi quickly raced to a conclusion as Williams stepped on the gas, Goerges trying to mix things up but failing in her execution. I'm enjoying every moment.

"I don't want to limit myself", Williams said.

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ESPN's Nicolas Pereira breaks down all the action from the women's semifinals, which saw Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber cruise into the Wimbledon final.

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.

By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7.

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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.

After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams was treated for blood clots.

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Williams has barely played in the last 18 months having taken a year off to start a family. I think that's what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself. "This was not inevitable for me". I had a tough delivery, multiple surgeries.

'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'. Now for sure she had a lot of big confidence, especially after the matches she won here already.

After taking tentative steps in her return to the sport in which she has always been the dominant force, just 13 matches into her comeback and ranked 181st in the world, she appeared to be working at the level that enabled her to win 23 Grand Slams.

After getting broken by Goerges in the second set Thursday, Williams slammed the door on any thought of a rally by serving out the match with successive service blasts. Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline with Williams. Second serve points won: Ostapenko (41 per cent), Kerber (73 per cent).

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.

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