Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Wimbledon 2018: Kerber, Serena set to reprise 2016 showdown

Wimbledon 2018: Kerber, Serena set to reprise 2016 showdown

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.

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

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open victor, beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday's early semifinal.

Serena Williams says she will be "ready for the match of her life" when she faces Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.

Serena Williams has reached her 10th final at Wimbledon, 30th at all Grand Slam tournaments - and first since having a baby a little more than 10 months ago.

Wimbledon is just her fourth tournament since she signed off the tour with the 2017 Australian Open title.

"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me", the 36-year-old Williams said, "and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career". For a time afterward, she could barely walk to the mailbox.

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.

The match was all over in just an hour and 10 minutes.

Victory on Saturday will give her an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam crown, taking her level with Margaret Court's all-time mark.

Williams had just one break point opportunity in the second set, but that was all that she needed.

Nearly inevitably, Williams gained a third break to charge to a 5-2 lead before showing her first signs of nerves to drop serve for the only time while trying to close out the semi-final.

Two former World No. 1-ranked players swept their way into the Wimbledon women's singles final by making quick work of their opponents in two brutally short sets.

Kerber, though, looms as a serious threat.

The set looked to be following the same pattern as the first-Gorges had yet to earn a single break point in the entire match as she struggled to challenge Williams' serve-but the 29-year-old finally did so as Williams attempted to serve for the match. She is, yeah, fighting. "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do", Dominika Cibulkova told the BBC before the decision came down.

"Yeah, I think she is coming back, for sure". She knows the feeling to going out on this stage where you are in the finals, especially here.

Also, the chance to demonstrate that she is still the very best in the business.

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