Serena Williams proceeds to her 10th Wimbledon final after easing past Julia Goerges and will get a shot at equalizing Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam record.
The 23rd time major winner is just one title short of matching the legendary Australian’s haul of Slam title and she will contest the final at the All England Club for the chance to match her.
Williams is viewed by most to be the greatest female tennis player of all time and already holds the record for most majors won in the Open Era.
But she can move level with Court on 24 Slams won if she beats Angelique Kerber on Saturday afternoon. Her latest achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider she gave birth to her first child Alexis Olympia just 10-and-a-half months ago.
There’s no doubt Williams will go down as one of the greatest athletes in history. Goerges was well beaten. With her compatriot already advancing to the final, Goerges hoped to make it an all-German affair, but Williams proved too strong in the second of two disappointingly one-sided semi-finals.
After Kerber had proved too steady for Ostapenko, Williams had too much firepower for Goerges – making her debut in the last four of a Slam – and wrapped up a 6-2 6-4 win in an hour and 10 minutes. Though Williams is the lowest-ranked player ever to compete in the semi-finals at the All England Club, the seven-time winner’s position is somewhat false. It may well be only her second Grand Slam appearance since returning from pregnancy, but she still possesses the mental strength of a great champion and after getting six rounds under her belt, her form is now looking back towards her best.
Williams had never dropped a set in any of their previous meetings, winning three of the six sets they’d played 6-1. Goerges was well beaten. That said, their most recent encounter – at the French Open earlier this year – was a far tighter encounter.
Goerges saved a break point in her opening service game but largely held her own early on. That all changed once Serena clinched the first break, Goerges wobbled and wilted under the intense attacks from the 36-year-old.
Although she composed herself at the beginning of the second, a drop-shot agonisingly clipped the net before dropping back onto her own side as Williams clinched the break. Incredibly, with Williams serving for the match, she broke back but it was a mere stay of execution as the mother-of-one broke again to advance to a 10th final.