Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

Wimbledon glance Williams to face Goerges in semifinals

Wimbledon glance Williams to face Goerges in semifinals

She told BBC Sport: 'It's insane, I don't even know how to feel. As her top-seeded peers [correction: at No. 25, Williams would become the lowest seed ever to win Wimbledon] bent to the pressures of facing fearless underdogs, Williams approached every match knowing her opponents would play their best tennis against her and elevated her own game in response.

Serena Williams is not focused on simply matching and breaking Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record - she wants to smash it.

"I think I was not thinking too much about against who I'm playing", Kerber said this week. That's wildly impressive. Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win.

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort against Goerges, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

And Kerber, who has just two wins over her in eight meetings, knows she can not underestimate her current level.

She double-faulted on set point and Kerber, who served well and defended superbly when required to fend off Ostapenko's sporadic attacks, accelerated into a 5-1 lead.

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates defeating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Williams' match against Goerges featured two of the best servers around, and began quite evenly, until 2-all, 30-all.

The couple announced the birth of daughter Olympia in September.

"I lost count after, like, four surgeries", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution.

The 36-year-old American, who gave birth 10 months ago, is the first mother to reach the last round of the tournament since Australian Evonne Goolagong in 1980. "This was not inevitable for me. I had a really tough delivery. and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. Now for sure she had a lot of big confidence, especially after the matches she won here already. She waited 42 main draw appearances in a Grand Slam before reaching her maiden semifinalists, the fifth longest wait in the Open Era behind Likhovtseva (46), Vinci (44), Tauziat and Vesnina (42). Williams broke the ace-thumping, heavy-striking German again in the seventh game before serving out the set in 33-minutes. Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline with Williams. In the set, Williams won an incredible 87 percent of her first-serve points (13 of 15). So do I. She's playing so well.

"I'm glad no one told me at the time I was going through that".

From the moment she arrived at All England - heck, before she stepped Nike to perennial rye - the aura around Williams felt different than in her previous three tournaments.

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