Wimbledon 2018 -- Angelique Kerber advances to final


Goerges could only find the tram lines with a forehand down the line as Williams forced the first break, and a swirling cross-court forehand proved too hard for her to return as the first set went the way of the imperious American.

Kerber has already made the semifinal of the Australian Open and the quarterfinal of the French Open this year. Williams, who over the years has introduced variety into her play, threw up a lob to set-up breakpoint, which she duly converted to take a 4-2 lead. That's what I'm doing. Autograph hunters, selfie-seekers, memorabilia collectors, young, old, girls and boys, asking her to smile, telling her to keep going, calling her an inspiration.

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. Williams, the lowest ranked Wimbledon semifinalist, completed her 92nd win here, four victories away from Chris Evert, who owns the second most successes here in the Open Era (96).

Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion will face Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams won, after the German beat Jelena Ostapenko earlier. "I nearly couldn't make it to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final".

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However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games. She's coming back and for me also I'm coming back from 2017. "I love watching her play", she said of the tenacious world No.10, adding, "she was going through the draw very well". Williams is playing in her fourth tournament and her second Grand Slam since missing more than a year with her pregnancy, but you'd never know it looking at her.

A gamble with a drop shot from beyond the baseline against break point that failed to pay off exemplified the confidence of Grand Slam semifinal debutant Goerges, who is enjoying the form of her career after making big decisions to try to achieve what she felt capable of.

"I want to be around as long as I can to support her".

She did fight back to break Williams when the American, seeded 25th despite her laughable ranking of 181st, was serving for the match at 5-3 up in the second.

Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".