Serena To Face Kerber In Her 10th Wimbledon Final

US player Serena Williams celebrates after beating Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 in their women’s singles semi-final match on the tenth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2018. PHOTO: Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Serena Williams booked a Wimbledon final rematch against Angelique Kerber as the seven-time champion marched into her 10th All England Club title match with a 6-2, 6-4 rout of Julia Goerges on Thursday.

On 20-match winning streak at Wimbledon, Serena is the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era at 36 years and 291 days.

She will face German world number 10 Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 showpiece won by Williams.

Williams has often blasted her rivals off Centre Court with ferocious power-hitting, but German 13th seed Goerges was sent packing with a more subtle 70-minute display featuring just 16 winners and five aces.

In only her fourth tournament since the birth of her daughter Olympia in September, the 23-time Grand Slam champion is closing in on her first major title as a mother.

“It’s crazy. I don’t even know how to feel. I didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back,” Williams said.

“I had a really tough pregnancy delivery. I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it to be honest.

“I’m just enjoying every moment of this. This was not inevitable for me.”

The American star will have the history in her sights against Kerber as she tries to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams singles titles.

An eighth Wimbledon title would also move her past Steffi Graf into second place on the list of female Wimbledon champions, behind nine-time winner Martina Navratilova.

Serena will go into her 30th Grand Slam final — her first since winning the 2017 Australian Open — holding a 6-2 lead in her head to head record against Kerber.

“She is clearly a really good grass-court player. But whatever happens, it’s a great moment for me and incredible motivation to keep going for the rest of my career,” Serena added.

After all the controversy about the decision to seed Williams 25th at Wimbledon despite her position at 181 in the WTA rankings, she has proved the tournament’s officials were actually too conservative.

Williams, who missed Wimbledon last year due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016.

Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut as a precocious teenager and 16 years since her first title at the All England Club, Serena remains the pre-eminent force in the women’s game.

In a testament to her remarkable longevity, the former world number one has now made at least one Grand Slam final for the last 12 years.

Serena had lost only one of her 10 previous Wimbledon semi-finals and the 11th followed a familiar script.

When a panicked Goerges error wrapped up the first set, Serena’s dominance was so total that the American, whose emotions are usually on full display, barely acknowledged the moment.

By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration.

Earlier, Kerber raced into her second Wimbledon final and fourth Grand Slam showpiece as the German crushed former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in 67 minutes.

The 30-year-old hit only 10 winners but that was all it took to get the job done as Latvian 12th seed Ostapenko shot herself in the foot with 36 unforced errors.

“I was just trying to move good and take my chances. I’m so excited,” Kerber said.

“It’s such a great feeling to be back in the final. Playing on Centre Court is always great.”

Referencing her dismal form last year, Kerber added: “2017 is over and I’m really happy about that. We are in 2018!

“I’m really happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final. These are the matches I was working for since I was a kid.”

It will be Kerber’s first Grand Slam final since she won the second of her two major titles at the 2016 US Open.

Kerber, who also won the Australian Open in 2016, is bidding to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Graf in 1996.

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Andy Murray Wins Second Wimbledon Title After Beating Milos Raonic

Andy Murray, Olympics, Zika VirusBritish number one, Andy Murray, has won the 2016 Wimbledon title after defeating Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 7-6.

The straight sets victory saw Murray capitalising on the relative inexperience of the sixth-seeded Raonic to control the match from start to finish.

Andy Murray got off to a good start taking the first set 6-4 after breaking Raonic mid-way through on his way to winning his second title on home soil.

Milos Raonic got into the match in the second set, defending well and saving four break points against his serve.

With this he pushed Murray into a tie-break, but the Scot was just far too good for him, first racing into a 3-0 lead and then earning himself five set points at 6-1.

Raonic saved the first two of those with two huge serves, but he then put a Murray second serve in the net to allow the Scot to go 6-4 7-6(3) ahead.

Murray was made to sweat even more as he wrapped up the third major of his career in two hours and 47 minutes.

He now leads their head-to head record 7-3 and has beaten him on clay, grass and hard courts this year.

Andy Murray had admitted that Sunday’s Wimbledon final would be a new experience as he appeared in a grand slam decider without Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic on the other side of the net for the first time.

Murray’s 6-2 6-3 6-3 semi-final victory over Tomas Berdych on Friday saw the world number 2 reach his 11th major final while Milos Raonic recorded a five-set win over Federer in the other semifinal.

Murray defeated Djokovic in the 2013 final to end the 77-year wait for a home champion.

Wimbledon 2015: Serena Williams Beats Garbine Muguruza In Final

Serena-WilliamsSerena Williams has defeated Garbine Muguruza, 6-4,6-4, in Wimbledon ladies singles final.

The world number one defeated her Spanish opponent to win her 6th title at SW19 and 21st Grand Slam title.

Williams is on course for a calender Grand Slam after wining the Australian and French Open title.

“It Feels So Good”

Williams withstood a late fightback from 20th seed Muguruza, to come through in one hour and 23 minutes.

After receiving the trophy she said:  “It feels so good holding the trophy. I have to give thanks to Jehovah God for the day. I just really relied on His strength.

“Garbine! She played so well I didn’t even know it was over because she was fighting so hard in the end…

“Congratulations! Don’t be sad. You will be holding this trophy very, very soon believe me. You are a great champ.

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Serena Williams says it feels good holding her sixth wimbledon title trophy

“I am just happy it was such a great match”.

She will head to the US Open next month, aiming to complete the first calendar year Grand Slam of her career.

Williams thrashed Maria Sharapova to reach the final, extending her winning run against Sharapova to 17 matches over 11 years with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Muguruza, who is 21-years-old, was playing in her first Grand Slam final and took a 4-2 lead, before giving the top seed a mighty scare by battling back from a set and 5-1 down with two breaks of serve.

She became the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon final since 1996 when she beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

In the men’s championship, Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray in the semi-final match on Friday to book a place in the final.

Serena Williams Through To Wimbledon Final

Serena WilliamsWorld number one, Serena Williams thrashed fourth seed Maria Sharapova to set up a Wimbledon final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

The American extended her winning run against Sharapova to 17 matches over 11 years with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Williams could win a sixth Wimbledon and 21st major title on Saturday, when she can also complete a ‘Serena Slam’ by holding all four grand slam titles.

Garbine Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon final since 1996 when she beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

The 20th seed showed no early nerves in the biggest match of her career, powering through the first set and moving 3-1 ahead in the second.

Radwanska fought back to take the second set with a run of six successive games.

The day, however, belonged to the young Spaniard who clinched victory with a swinging forehand volley.

Muguruza is capable of pushing Williams in the final as the young Spaniard stunned Serena in the French Open second round in 2014.

However, a grand slam final will be a different proposition and much will depend on how the 21-year-old handles the pressure of her first major final.

Wimbledon: Federer Looking Forward To Murray Clash

FedererWorld number two, Roger Federer, is looking forward to his Wimbledon semi-final match up against home favourite Andy Murray.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion insists that the Brit is ‘in full flight’ as he bids for a third grand slam win.

Andy Murray, however, says he is not flattered with the praises from his opponent Roger Federer but he will rather focus on the game ahead.

The third seed described his 6-4 7-5 6-4 Wimbledon quarter-final victory against Vasek Pospisil as ‘a good match’.

Murray did not give up a single break point in the match, and maintained his high level when the roof was closed after a rain delay.

Djokovic Wary Of Gasquet Threat

Ahead of the other semi final showdown, World number one, Novak Djokovic, has credited Richard Gasquet for the improvement that has led to the duo facing off in the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Friday.

The world number one ousted Marin Cilic in straight sets to set up a clash with Gasquet, who overcame Stan Wawrinka in a five-set thriller.

Djokovic believes Gasquet’s fitness has helped him to complete his game.

Novak Djokovic Defeats Roger Federer To Win Wimbledon Final

novak-djokovicNovak Djokovic has beaten Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, to win his second Wimbledon title.

The game stated with both players being at each other’s’ throats and they managed to tie the first set 6-6, after Djokovic nets a forehand. Down to a tie-breaker and Federer, targeting his 8th Wimbledon won the tie-breaker 9-7 to take the first set.

Djokovic drew level after some blistering shots, although Federer did threaten to break in the last game but the Serb was assured of his range of strokes and took the game away from his senior rival, taking the second set 6-4.

Djokovic relied heavily on his forehand against Federer and after some relentless rallying, sealed the third set tie-breaker after a poor backhand from Federer to lead two sets to one.

After Djokovic took a mammoth 5-2 lead in the fourth set, Federer recorded a remarkable comeback, playing some sensational tennis as the Swiss steamed away to win the fourth set 7-5.

The World Number 2 went on to seal the victory with a 6-4 win in the final set, after some nervy display that saw him race away to a 15-30 lead, only to concede the game 4-4 to Federer after a tricky series of deuces.

Roger Federer was aiming to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open era on Sunday as he targeted a record eighth All England Club title in his 35th career meeting with Novak Djokovic.

Federer, 32, won the first of his 17 majors at Wimbledon in 2003 and the most recent in 2012 but his failure to return to a Grand Slam final since has had his critics penning his career obituary.

The only time Federer and Djokovic met at a slam final was in the 2007 US Open, which Federer won.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have now faced each other 35 times, with Federer still leading 18-17 against the Serb.