Kerber books place in a second Wimbledon final

Görges suffered five consecutive first-round defeats at Wimbledon before this year

Williams, who hates being broken, reacted swiftly, back with game and grunt, she broke for the match.

Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time major victor said: "If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I've done pretty well here in the past".

A relatively routine 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany on Thursday put Williams into her 10th final at the All England Club and moved her closer to a 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court's record.

"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" she said in the post match interview.

"When I don't have anything to lose, I can just play so free and that's what I'm doing".

In comparison, there were just seven errors off the racket of Kerber and that tells the story of where the encounter was won.

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me".

Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and US Open. Ostapenko: Winners (30), Unforced Errors (36); Kerber: Winners (10), Unforced Errors (7).

Two months away from turning 37, and just 10 months after giving birth to her first child, this extraordinary athlete now has the opportunity to relive the 2016 Wimbledon final, when she played and defeated Kerber. Williams won that for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, then sat out the grass-court tournament a year ago while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.

"For me, having to deal with PEs is more mentally challenging because if I have a pain in my leg, I automatically go to the worst-case scenario", she said. "This is the only chance to beat her".

Williams had daughter Olympian on September 1, followed by a pulmonary embolism and being bedridden for six weeks.

"Serena is the one who you want to play, who you want to get the experience from", said the German, whose previous five visits to the All England Club had ended in first-round defeats. "This was not inevitable for me. I had a really tough delivery. and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said. "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final".

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.

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

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"She brings her "A game" in a lot of important moments", Goerges said.

'She's trying to, yeah, playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches.

In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break-point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2.

Williams has improved round by round at SW19 over the past two weeks and her power was a joy to behold as surprisesemi-finalist Goerges was beaten 6-2 6-4.

Times have changed, opponents have come and gone, and Serena Williams keeps vying for Grand Slam titles.

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