Serena Williams: Wimbledon final is 'awesome' after having baby

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To the crowd's delight, the Latvian came back strongly winning one of the three break points she had in the next game and then holding her own to reduce the margin to 3-5.

The first two points played by Ostapenko - who won the French Open in 2017 and crashed out in the first round the following year - were emblematic of the match.

Across the net, she will find that same Angelique Kerber whom she defeated in her last title-match appearance on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. I'm enjoying every moment. "It would be really special to win", said the two-time Grand Slam champion.

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

"Pregnancy will not be penalized", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said last month.

The German was utterly ruthless in her approach as she broke early and held her advantage, conceding just three games in the opening set.

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Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it.

For Kerber it is a second opportunity to win Wimbledon in a final after she reached the showpiece match in 2016. "I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so for me to back in a Wimbledon final isn't normal nor is it inevitable". 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.

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month. Against the No.25 seed, Goerges would need to raise the tempo, to move her opponent outside her comfort zone but the 23 time Slam champion confirmed to be the most complete player ever.

Her 35th grand slam semi quickly raced to a conclusion as Williams stepped on the gas, Goerges trying to mix things up but failing in her execution. "I know that I have to play my best tennis to beat her, especially on the grass".

In the first five games that went with serve, it was Goerges who made more winners, but it was Williams who broke the German to go up 4-2; after this, there was no looking back.

It took Kerber two tries to serve out the victory, getting broken to 5-2. She also relocated to the south of Germany and cut back on playing doubles with Karolina Pliskova, who she reached the semifinals at Wimbledon with in 2016 only to lose to, you guessed it, the Williams sisters. "It was a tough match, Jelena was hitting hard, moving good and taking chances".

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