Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final months after returning from maternity leave

Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final months after returning from maternity leave

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams who returned to tournament play in March after a 13-month absence. She's coming back and for me also I'm coming back from 2017.

The 30-year-old was gifted point after point as Ostapenko's aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors. Her first Grand Slam tournament back was the French Open, where she won three matches before withdrawing last month because of an injured chest muscle.

After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams dealt with issues including blood clots, and she's been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution.

While it's unfair on the other players to merely write off their chances of challenging Williams, it's also slightly arbitrary to say the American can sweep all in her path given it is only her second grand slam since returning from maternity leave with her daughter still not a year old. But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide.

"This is not inevitable for me". Serena Williams of the USA shakes hands with Germany's Julia Goerges after winning her semi final match. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great". "I'm enjoying every moment".

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The 13th seed had never taken a set off Williams in three previous meetings and unfortunately for her, the American was once again at her dominant best on Thursday as she bludgeoned down five aces and 16 winners to finish off Goerges.

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But she couldn't keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next. There's no doubt Williams will go down as one of the greatest athletes in history.

She will face either seven-times champion Serena Williams or fellow German Julia Georges in the final.

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