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2018 WIMBLEDON OPEN : SERENA WILLIAMS FACES ANGLIQUE KERBER IN THE FINAL OF THE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Serena Williams will face Angelique Kerber in the repeat of the 2016 final of the Wimbledon Championship in England.

Williams, who gave birth to her first child in September, has made a brilliant comeback to reach the final at the 2018 Wimbledon Open . The American faces Angelique Kerber on Saturday, July 14 in a repeat of the 2016 showdown, which she won.

Serena’s way to the Final

Impressively, the 36-year-old has dropped just two sets en route to the final and, should she prevail against Kerber, will move level with Margaret Court at the top of the all-time Grand Slam singles titles list.

Williams beats Gorges 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final.

Williams beats Gorges 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final.

After the semi final match against Julia Goerges she said; “It’s crazy. I literally didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back. I just feel I don’t have anything to lose, I can play so free.

“I had a really tough delivery, I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it. I couldn’t even walk to my mailbox. So I’m enjoying every moment now.

“I played [Kerber] in the final [in 2016]. I love watching her play, so I get to play her now. Whatever happens now it’s an incredible moment for me.”

At 181st in the world, Williams is technically the lowest ranked player to reach the women’s final – although given her stellar record, it’s a statistic that is unlikely to carry much weight.

Kerber’s way to the Final 

Angelique Kerber celebrates winning her semi final match against Jelena Ostapenko.

Kerber beats Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final. Kerber spoke to the media after her match against Ostapenko.

“I think it was a really tough match. I was just trying to move good and take my chances. It’s such a great feeling to be back in the final. I’m really excited.

She’s always fighting until the last point. I was just trying to stay focused. It’s quite tough but I’m happy that I’m through. 2017 is over and I’m really happy about that. I’m really happy and proud to be back in a grand slam final. It doesn’t matter [who I play].”

2016 Final

Williams, looking to equal Steffi Graf’s Open era winning record of 22 majors, defended her Wimbledon crown with a 7-5, 6-3 triumph over Angelique Kerber, to draw level with Graf. It was Williams’ seventh singles title at the All England Club.

The final with Kerber was a high-quality duel that lasted 81 minutes and was described by many as one of the best Wimbledon title matches in recent times.

 

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