Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

Julia Görges has advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals

Serena Williams will have royalty in the stands when she plays in the women's final at Wimbledon on Saturday. 'I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing.

In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break-point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2.

Williams, who hates being broken, reacted swiftly, back with game and grunt, she broke for the match.

The 23-time major victor can match the Australian legend's total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won.

"This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest", said Williams after her semi-final victory on Thursday.

"I think she's the best player". Williams, who over the years has introduced variety into her play, threw up a lob to set-up breakpoint, which she duly converted to take a 4-2 lead. Belgian Kim Clijsters won the 2009 U.S. Open, 18 months after childbirth, then added two more Grand Slam titles before retiring in 2012. "That shows that she has a lot of respect for me, really going for her shots".

Williams dominated much of her semifinal Thursday, beating 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-2, 6-4 at Centre Court to close in on what would be an eighth championship at the All England Club and 24th major trophy overall.

Serena beats Giorgi in three sets, makes Wimbledon semis
Ostapenko was more efficient, serving her match out at love and converting her first match point with her 14th backhand victor . Serena Williams of the USA celebrates winning her fourth round match against Russia's Evgeniya Rodina.

But former world No 1 Kerber has denied Williams a top-level title before: the first of her two Grand Slam triumphs came when she beat the legendary American in the Australian Open final back in 2016.

The German attacked the biggest chink in Ostapenko's armour - her second serve, which is weak and ineffectual.

Having hit more winners than any other player so far, Goerges passively left Williams to dictate the game.

The Latvian stuck to her guns, continuing to go all out at the start of the second set, but her radar was way off and Kerber quickly opened up a 3-0 lead, with one break of serve. I want to get as many as I can, starting with - I still have a match to win, so I'm not even there yet'. "That's kind of what I'm doing".

However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games.

"I was just trying to playing my own match". "So I'm not even there yet".

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