Williams is the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final but that number will fool no one, and especially not Kerber who was runner-up to the American in the 2016 final. Williams won that for a second consecutive Wimbledon title, then sat out the grass-court tournament previous year while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.
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. "I just feel like when I don't have anything to lose, I just can play so free, and that's kind of what I'm doing".
"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams, 36, said, according to the Associated Press.
Williams had daughter Olympian on September 1, followed by a pulmonary embolism and being bedridden for six weeks.
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'She's trying to, yeah, playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches. "It's such a pleasure and a joy [to be in the final] because less than a year ago, I was going through so much".
Serena Williams will face Germany's Angelique Kerber for an eighth Wimbledon singles title after both won their semi-finals in straight sets. 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 final tally told the story: Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7. Ostapenko threw four more errors into her next service game to hand the German the first set.
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While its the pair's first royal outing as a twosome, it won't be Meghan's first visit to Wimbledon: she previously attended the event in 2016 to cheer on her longtime friend, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena.
When Williams left the game soon after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, it appeared her streak might be under threat.
"I think it is a completely new match".
It took Kerber two tries to serve out the victory, getting broken to 5-2. "It came from the palace that she is coming on Saturday". "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.
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