Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

Order of Play Day 9 Serena targets another final as cream of the crop rises to the top

She won here I don't know how many times.

Serena Williams said "it's crazy" that she has managed to reach a 10th Wimbledon final, 10 months after a series of life-saving surgeries which followed the birth of her daughter and that she still has "traumatic thoughts" over her own mortality.

Williams, seems to have taken the lead from her 10-month daughter in her approach to her comeback that has taken her to a 10th Wimbledon final.

"She's playing so well".

The 13th seed had never taken a set off Williams in three previous meetings and any hopes she might have harboured of setting up an all-German final with Angelique Kerber, who had beaten Jelena Ostapenko earlier, were dashed in 70 unforgiving minutes.

Serena Williams is one win away from equalling Margaret Court's grand slam record of 24 titles after cruising past Julia Goerges into the Wimbledon final.

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"I have to be ready for the match of my life", Williams said.

Kerber, who offered up only a miserly seven free points, really just had to stay calm and wait for her opponent to self-destruct and Ostapenko fell into the trap. Autograph hunters, selfie-seekers, memorabilia collectors, young, old, girls and boys, asking her to smile, telling her to keep going, calling her an inspiration. "It came from the palace that she is coming on Saturday".

"It's about picking yourself up off the floor", said Jill Smoller, Williams's close friend, confidante and agent of almost 20 years.

It's nearly as if Serena Williams never left. Williams has lost just two Wimbledon finals: to Maria Sharapova in 2004 and Venus Williams in 2008.

It has all meant that Williams, who will be watched on Saturday from the Royal Box on Centre Court by her good friend the Duchess of Sussex, is the favourite for a title that will make her the fourth Grand Slam-winning mum of the Open era.

Williams had daughter Olympian on September 1, followed by a pulmonary embolism and being bedridden for six weeks.

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"I think it is a completely new match".

I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

But she declined to compare her recovery to other injuries and setbacks she has experienced, pointing to the joy of motherhood that offsets it all. "But in a way, it's by far the best".

She was bed-ridden for six weeks and only returned to the tour in March.

It was a process, as was reclaiming her movement, her timing and the power in her serve - particularly after injuring a pectoral muscle midway through the French Open. I think grass is her best surface and she plays so well here. To Williams, it served double duty as a symbolic suit of armor.

Leading 4-2, Williams powered into a one-set lead, breaking Goerges to love to move ahead. All told, she won the point 87 percent of the time that she landed her first serve.

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