Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final months after returning from maternity leave

Ostapenko has spent less time on court en route to the semi-finals

Serena Williams is into the Wimbledon final. Stop and let that breathe for a moment.

Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all.

She said: "Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon and has supported me". I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many.

She was, instead, going to employ spectacular defense and solid, steady play, while letting her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, be the one to determine the outcomes of almost every point.

She's also a little more preoccupied with spending time with her 10-month-old baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. "It's absolutely incredible that she was able to recover so quickly after surgery".

Her first Grand Slam tournament back was the French Open, where she won three matches before withdrawing last month because of an injured chest muscle. That changed last week.

Yet, just five months into her return from maternity leave, she has surprised experts and spectators alike by storming to the final, dropping just one set along the way.

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.

Once criticised by some for making the women's game predictable with her dominance, Williams has won people over by sharing her vulnerabilities and now stands close to a fairytale ending.

Pavey produced an inspirational performance to become the oldest female European champion in 2014 at the age of 40, winning 10,000 metres gold in front of her 11-month-old daughter. "I was still pregnant at this time past year". That's something I have to keep reminding myself.

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Kerber is going to need every bit of her powerful return game and relentless hitting to force Williams to make mistakes. "It's not frustrating, but it's like, 'C'mon, guys, this is pretty awesome'".

Ostapenko saved a match point in the seventh and gained one break back, but it was not enough against the 2016 Australian Open and US Open champion.

"It's mentally very, very hard", Williams said.

"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament".

The second set followed a similar pattern, with the only brief wobble coming in the ninth game when Williams was broken. I think everybody knows this tournament.

The American star will have history in her sights against Kerber as she tries to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams singles titles.

Williams has already stormed to the women's singles final and faces 2016 Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber on Saturday. Until the start of this tournament, that was the last match Williams played at Wimbledon. Kerber had beaten Williams in the Australian Open final in January, but the German couldn't produce another shock.

"I know that she is always pushing you to the limits". "There was definitely pressure towards the end", said Williams, who also completed the Serena Slam in 2003.

"I was just trying to move good and take my chances".

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