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Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

Angelique Kerber in action

The 36-year-old Williams, who did not play Wimbledon last year while taking a leave of absence to have her first child, reached a Grand Slam final for the 12th straight season by beating Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 at the All England Club on Thursday.

"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free".

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

Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and US Open. Williams has won 23 Grand Slams, one shy of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 singles Grand Slam titles. The Latvian plays an aggressive brand of first-strike tennis that carried her to the 2017 French Open title as an unseeded 20-year-old.

"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.

After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams dealt with issues including blood clots, and she's been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution.

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It has all meant that Williams, who will be watched on Saturday from the Royal Box on Centre Court by her good friend the Duchess of Sussex, is the favourite for a title that will make her the fourth Grand Slam-winning mum of the Open era. Now she's supporting me in a different role. "This was not inevitable for me". "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest. These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great". "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff". Her crosscourt forehand burned the German, who failed to get around it with that big swing.

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

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

Williams took the wheel early when she broke Gorges' serve in the fifth game of the first set. Williams broke for a 4-2 lead in the second when Goerges tried a rare drop shot that caught the top of the net tape and fell on her side.

Williams, in fact, got broken just six times in the tournament, as her serve, like her ball-striking, became harder and cleaner.

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