Serena Williams closes in on Margaret Court's record with 10th Wimbledon final

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That mentality shifted slightly when Williams dropped her first set of the championships in the quarter-finals against Camila Giorgi and following the stunning exit of overwhelming men's favourite Roger Federer yesterday, which proved the unthinkable can happen.

It may well be only her second Grand Slam appearance since returning from pregnancy, but she still possesses the mental strength of a great champion and after getting six rounds under her belt, her form is now looking back towards her best.

After winning the Australian and US Open titles and reaching the Wimbledon final two years ago, Kerber endured a significant slump in 2017.

But she can move level with Court on 24 Slams won if she beats Angelique Kerber on Saturday afternoon.

After Kerber had her serve broken in the second set, Ostapenko powered back to take another game, but Kerber was able to complete the sweep when Ostapenko fired two serves back into the net and returned the final volley outside the lines on match point. In the other semi-final on the day, Angelique Kerber takes on Jelena Ostapenko.

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"It is a great feeling to be in the final and playing on the Centre Court is always a great experience and I am really excited", she told the BBC.

Kerber, who spent 34 weeks at world number one in 2016 and 2017, could be set for a rematch with Williams if the seven-time champion can get past Julia Goerges in the second semi-final.

Kerber was beaten by Williams in the 2016 Wimbledon showpiece. She then played the Miami Masters and lost in the first round before withdrawing from the French Open before a fourth-round match against Maria Sharapova with a pecotral muscle injury.

"I am really happy and proud to be back in the grand slam final". She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it previous year while pregnant.

At 36 years and 291 days, Serena hopes to become the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era. She's been excellent this Wimbledon, although it wasn't easy late against the stubborn Ostapenko.

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