Angelique Kerber storms into second Wimbledon final, set to face Serena Williams

Kerber's at full stretch to make a return

As a professional tennis player, Williams has managed to get back into sport relatively quickly after giving birth, but of course this isn't the same for all mums. Stop and let that breathe for a moment. Belgian Kim Clijsters won the 2009 U.S. Open, 18 months after childbirth, then added two more Grand Slam titles before retiring in 2012.

"I can't say it's the one I'm most proud of".

Williams watched Wimbledon from afar past year when her sister Venus lost to Spain's Garbine Muguruza but, in truth, it feels as if she has never been away after she dropped only one set as she progressed to a 10th Wimbledon final. "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not "normal" for me to be in a Wimbledon final".

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving".

After giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on September 1, Williams dealt with health complications that included blood clots and led to what she said were multiple operations.

The tables have now turned in her favor and rightfully so. Outside expectations were couched.

"Seeing her back, it's great", said Kerber, who has lost six of eight previous matches against Williams. That changed last week.

"She knows she needs to work on other parts of her game". In the week leading up to her first-round match against Viktoriya Tomova, Williams posted a daily countdown on Instagram that included flashback Wimbledon photos and uplifting sentiments. "Beating her is one of the biggest achievements along with winning a tournament".

"She is clearly a really good grass-court player".

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.

Wimbledon 2018: Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in record-breaking semi-final
It will be the second Grand Slam final for Anderson, who reached the final of the US Open past year to Rafael Nadal. It took eighth seed Anderson six hours and 35 minutes to see off Isner in a marathon clash on Centre Court.

Few can fully appreciate Williams's comeback these past 10 months. "I've played tennis for over 30 years, so I'm so used to [being] incredibly fit".

"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament". Harry's not a tennis guy but they did come to his polo'.

Just hours later when it was confirmed that Serena Williams had won her place to compete for the trophy, she spoke of how excited she was to have her old friend in the crowd. She struggled at the year-end exhibition matches in Abu Dhabi.

"It's about picking yourself up off the floor", said Jill Smoller, Williams's close friend, confidante and agent of almost 20 years. I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: Oh, my God, I have a PE in my leg. I think everybody knows this tournament.

"This is as well as she has played, period, in her career", said nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova, commentating for the BBC. "That shows that she has a lot of respect for me, really going for her shots".

Serena Williams will chase her 24th Grand Slam title against Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final.

Serena Williams will face Angelique Kerber on Saturday hoping to win an eighth Wimbledon singles title. Until the start of this tournament, that was the last match Williams played at Wimbledon.

Saturday, Williams is again playing to tie an all-time record. But Williams said that she had not been thinking about it here.

"If I was missing my first serve I was going for another first serve because if you serve under a certain speed she is just going to expose that constantly and you give her so much confidence that it is pointless".

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