Serena Williams ‘can’t help but smile’ after advancing to Wimbledon final

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Of course, Serena Williams exacted her revenge at Wimbledon that same year, when she defeated Kerber in the final.

But it has not even been a year since Williams spent six days in hospital after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia by emergency C-section and then needing surgery to prevent blood clots entering her lungs with potentially fatal consequences.

"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", said Williams.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Julia Goerges of Germany in their women's semifinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Thursday. "I had a really tough delivery. and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said.

"Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward", she said. We can not just see 23-time Grand Slam champion is just a match away from drawing level with Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24. We also have to see the competitor who has a 10-month-old daughter travelling with her. Williams faces Kerber again Saturday, but a lot has happened since that last match.

In the first semi-final, Kerber, the highest seed remaining at No.11, was much too steady and resourceful for another power player, 21-year-old Jelena Ostapenko. The grunts and ferocious focus were still there against Goerges, who put up more resistance in her first grand slam semi-final than the score might indicate.

Williams' pregnancy was not without complications, as she told the BBC this week: "It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".

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All of the time away pushed someone who's spent more than 300 weeks ranked No 1 down the rankings - she began Wimbledon at 181st, but was seeded 25th on account of her past success - and no one could quite be sure how the American would fare over these two weeks.

"With me, of course, she was more defensive player because I hit the ball much harder".

"We had so many great matches in the last years", Kerber said. That was clear for anyone lucky enough to occupy one of the 15,000 seats on Centre Court. "I know that she is always pushing you to the limits".

This year's Wimbledon final is a rematch of the 2016 Australian Open final. It is the desire to compete and be the best at the highest level, one that she has carried since she was a teenager. It will be close but I think Serena pulls this off to tie Margaret Court's Grand Slam total at 24.

But Williams, who looked disappointed but still unruffled as he has been right through the tournament - so serene that a journalist couldn't resist asking whether this had something to do with motherhood - reeled off the next four points to break right back and win the match. Yes, it's her 30th title match at any major. One thing I can say on her behalf, that she may hopefully agree with.

Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day.

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