Serena Williams makes Wimbledon final, 10 months after childbirth

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The sheer energy it took to stay with the 25th seed eventually took its toll, though, and Williams was ruthless in converting.

It meant a familiar name will stand opposite Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams triumphed in, but the iconic American was keen to emphasize that her latest journey to the second Saturday can not be considered run of the mill. Williams, who already holds the Open Era record for Grand Slam titles, can tie Court for most ever.

Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis in March, but failed to achieve any considerable progress in her first tournaments and struggled to regain decent competitive shape.

The outcry over her unseeded status at the French Open-she didn't lack points for failing to win or because of injury, but rather because she was busy for over a year having a baby-led to the USTA reexamining the ranking and seeding process.

Immediately, though, Williams broke back at love to end it, smiling widely and placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges' last shot landed long.

"I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final".

For the past 18 years, Smoller has been by Serena Williams's side for nearly every step.

That enjoyment was clear to see as she dashed Goerges's hopes of setting up an all-German final with Angelique Kerber in 70 unforgiving minutes.

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Even after all of that, even after more than a year away from the game, even in only the fourth tournament of her comeback, Williams showed she's still capable of dominance. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon.

The semifinal between Williams and Goerges began on a high note, marked by high quality serving and a robust exchange of ground-strokes.

Serena Williams of the US celebrates winning her semi final match against Germany's Julia Goerges. She remained on bed rest for several weeks afterward, unable to train until the end of the year. So do I. She's playing so well.

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me". Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament previous year while pregnant.

Williams is playing an extremely high level of tennis, and that she's doing so just months after her return from giving birth to her first child is simply remarkable.

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

Kerber has her heart set on winning a first Wimbledon title after booking a return to the final. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".