Why It's Always a Bad Idea to Underestimate Serena Williams


GETTYGoerges will play in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final today

- This was an emotional fifth Wimbledon title for Serena after injury and health issues forced her to the sidelines for over a year between 2010 and 2012. Williams is not shy about saying she, for one, is impressed by this.

Kerber is going to need every bit of her powerful return game and relentless hitting to force Williams to make mistakes.

Kerber, in contrast, bides her time, working the back of the court to get everything back over the net, often kneeling to get low enough to reach shots. That argument would get much stronger should she win her third career major-against Serena Williams at Wimbledon nonetheless-on Saturday.

Williams will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and her first since giving birth in September.

"I don't want to limit myself", Williams said.

Williams watched Wimbledon from afar a year ago when her sister Venus lost to Spain's Garbine Muguruza but, in truth, it feels as if she has never been away after she dropped only one set as she progressed to a 10th Wimbledon final. What she's seeded is not going to determine her winning this event.

Kerber let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point. Williams faces Kerber again Saturday, but a lot has happened since that last match. "I guess it's the first one that is hard to know if she'll win multiple Slams, but the first one is hard to know".

Remarkably, the 36-year-old was back in a Grand Slam final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia. "I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", Williams said.

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Williams became the oldest woman to win Wimbledon two years ago, beating Kerber in what was their last meeting.

"I think there are few kinds of tennis players".

Williams' pregnancy was not without complications, as she told the BBC this week: "It's no secret I had a super tough delivery. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox", said Williams.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. She's also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches since the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant.

In post-match interviews, she has talked candidly about motherhood.

Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all.

There were moments when watching Goerges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major's fourth round until now. 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. Today was, unfortunately for her, a case of the latter.

Writing on her former blog, The Tig, the Duchess of Sussex said: "Taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff". In her first six matches, Kerber has looked steady and resilient, gobbling up balls at the baseline like a videogame character.

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