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Meghan Markle to watch Serena Williams play Wimbledon

Angelique Kerber GETTYSerena Williams is one of the favourites to win Wimbledon
Diane Mills | 13 July, 2018, 03:17

Williams dominated much of her semifinal Thursday, beating 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-2, 6-4 at Centre Court to close in on what would be an eighth championship at the All England Club and 24th major trophy overall.

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she'll tie Margaret Court's all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

Kerber used a seven-game run to seize control of her semifinal and collect a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded Ostapenko.

"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final. This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest.

Wimbledon, where she was made the No 25 seed despite having fallen outside the top 150 in the world, is only her fourth tournament of 2018 but she has only dropped one set on her way to the semi-finals. But there is no statistic fantastic enough to convey the implausibility of the outcome - a 6-2, 6-4 win over Goerges that at once felt predetermined, yet unthinkable just a short time ago.

Today, at 36 and just 10 months removed from a hard childbirth that was followed by grave health complications, she's bemused by those who expected her to reach Wimbledon's final this year, so soon after returning to competition.

"Now for sure she had a lot of big confidence, especially after the matches she won here already". For a time afterward, she could barely walk to the mailbox. I didn't think I would be doing this just 15 months after.

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Williams' match against Goerges featured two of the best servers around, and began quite evenly, until 2-all, 30-all.

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving".

Kerber was under pressure straight away on her own serve and the match might have taken a different course if Ostapenko had not blazed a forehand long at 30-30 with the court gaping.

"This is not inevitable for me to be playing like this".

On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky.

"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again".

"Oh, wow. I never thought about that". "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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