Why It's Always a Bad Idea to Underestimate Serena Williams


Kerber through to Wimbledon final after easy win over Ostapenko

The American is quite the queen of Centre Court, whether she's swinging her racket or engaging with the fandom.

Three hundred and fourteen days after becoming a mother, tennis champion Serena Williams earned her spot in the finals at Wimbledon.

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.

It meant a familiar name will stand opposite Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams triumphed in, but the iconic American was keen to emphasize that her latest journey to the second Saturday can not be considered run of the mill.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel", Williams said after the match. Her mobility is solid, her serve is incredible, and she's been taken to three sets just once all tournament. This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest. I think grass is her best surface and she plays so well here. 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.

It's a staggering achievement for Williams, who defeated Kerber in the 2016 final at the All England Club before sitting out the 2017 tournament to prepare for motherhood. "She's coming back. For me, I'm coming back from 2017", Kerber said. "It'll be a good match".

"I lost count after, like, four surgeries", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution. She also relocated to the south of Germany and cut back on playing doubles with Karolina Pliskova, who she reached the semifinals at Wimbledon with in 2016 only to lose to, you guessed it, the Williams sisters.

In both sets Goerges was broken in the sixth game, surrendering each with an error on break point. She is the second woman to accomplish this in the Open Era following Chris Evert, who played in a major final for 14 straight years between 1973 and 1986. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead. With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won.

Having hit more winners than any other player so far, Goerges passively left Williams to dictate the game.

The German attacked the biggest chink in Ostapenko's armour - her second serve, which is weak and ineffectual. The 21-year-old had 30 winners and 36 unforced errors, while the German had a mere seven errors. Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament past year while pregnant.

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