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

The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor won their semi-final 6-2, 6-4 in just 70 minutes to reach her 10th Wimbledon singles final.

The 36-year year old triumphantly returned to the grass courts of Wimbledon to reach the tournament final since returning from the enforced layoff. I didn't think I was going to make it at one point.

"I was expecting a few more baby steps myself", she said.

Immediately, though, Williams broke back at love to end it, smiling widely and placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges' last shot landed long.

Despite being only four tournaments into her return, she has been many people's favourite for an eighth title. She's also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches, going to the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant.

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The 13th seed's response to falling a set and a break down was one of remarkable conviction and maturity, getting back on serve as Williams wobbled with an opportunity to close out the match and dropped her serve for just the seventh time in the competition.

The set looked to be following the same pattern as the first-Gorges had yet to earn a single break point in the entire match as she struggled to challenge Williams' serve-but the 29-year-old finally did so as Williams attempted to serve for the match.

I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. But her opponent in the final knows what it's like to beat Williams for a major title. Williams is playing in her fourth tournament and her second Grand Slam since missing more than a year with her pregnancy, but you'd never know it looking at her. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold. The American, who didn't face breakpoint until late in the semifinal clash, then served out handily for a 5-2 lead. With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

"It is a great feeling to be in the final and playing on the Centre Court is always a great experience and I am really excited", she told the BBC. "I'm happy and proud to be back in a Grand Slam final, it's what I was working for since I was in a kid".

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