Wimbledon 2018: 'Come on, guys, this is pretty awesome', says Serena Williams

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

To put that in perspective, the 36-year-old Williams, who had to have emergency surgery due to blood clot issues that could have been life threatening during the birth, spoke about the vast challenges she's overcome after winning her Wimbledon semi-final.

"It's insane to even know how I feel because I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said. To hear people say, "Oh, she's a favourite" - the last 16 months, I've played four tournaments, and was carrying another human half that time. I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth. "I'm taking it as it is and just enjoying every moment", Williams said.

Goerges had come into her first Grand Slam semi-final having belted more winners (199), more aces (44) and more unreturned serves (113) than anyone else in the women's draw but those statistics counted for little when she came up against an opponent who is in hot pursuit of a record-equalling 24th major. "To see her back, it's great".

Williams v Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final.

"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia".

In the most one-sided of Serena's Wimbledon finals, she needed just 66 minutes to demolish the out-classed Vera Zvonareva.

"It was just routine every day, I had to have a new surgery".

"As I said in the past couple years, I don't want to limit myself, " Williams said.

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"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final.

Even now, so fierce is Williams' on-court persona, she would have you believe that she was totally consumed by the prospect of winning.

"It would have been the dream match for me to test my serve and volley against her power game, although it would never have been enough to just serve and volley as she loves a target".

But she's been absent from this year's tournament because she has been on maternity leave following the birth of Prince Louis in April. Whatever the outcome, Williams has proved yet again that she has the will and drive to return to the fore.

"Serena is one of the best players in the world", said Kerber, who could become the first German to lift the Wimbledon trophy since Steffi Graf in 1996. It is the desire to compete and be the best at the highest level, one that she has carried since she was a teenager.

But Williams, who looked disappointed but still unruffled as he has been right through the tournament - so serene that a journalist couldn't resist asking whether this had something to do with motherhood - reeled off the next four points to break right back and win the match. "She's playing like the pressure is off". "I think she's incredibly confident", she said. Yes, it's her 30th title match at any major.

Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle.

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