Serena Williams headed to 10th Wimbledon final

Görges suffered five consecutive first-round defeats at Wimbledon before this year

Görges suffered five consecutive first-round defeats at Wimbledon before this year

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.

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 and Kerber faced off in the Wimbledon final in 2016, where Williams beat Kerber 7-5, 6-3.

Title favourite Serena, seeded 25th, has won nine of her 10 previous Wimbledon semi-finals.

In each set Goerges was broken in the sixth game and she simply did not have the firepower or belief to stop the seven-times champion from surging to a 20th successive win on the hallowed turf.

Ostapenko won the French Open in 2017 by playing in this manner and knows no other way, but she had an off day and, despite hitting 30 winners, it was her 35 unforced errors that cost her any chance of progressing.

She will vie for her eighth Wimbledon title against German Angelique Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 Wimbledon final, which Williams won in straight sets.

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan sworn in with new presidential powers
Mevlut Cavusoglu will remain as Turkey's foreign minister and Suleyman Soylu as the country's interior minister. The currency has nosedived this year and inflation reached its highest level in more than a decade last month.

"I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said.

The left-handed Kerber was mainly a passive participant in the early going against Ostapenko.

Five games in, Ostapenko led 3-2, and the numbers were still tilted toward her. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold.

Kerber, in contrast, bides her time, working the back of the court to get everything back over the net, often kneeling to get low enough to reach shots.

A tight tussle looked in store at 3-3 in the first set but when Ostapenko fired a forehand long to drop serve the match quickly ran away from her.

Serena Williams demonstrated that having a baby had not robbed her of any of her phenomenal tennis skills when she became the first mother in 38 years to reach the Wimbledon final, with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of Germany's Julia Goerges on Thursday.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.