Super-Mom Serena into 10th Wimbledon final

Friday, 2018-07-13 07:31:47
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Serena Williams of the US in action during her semifinal match against Germany's Julia Goerges. (Photo: Reuters)
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Serena Williams demonstrated that having a baby had not robbed her of any of her phenomenal tennis skills when she became the first mother in 38 years to reach the Wimbledon final, with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of Germany’s Julia Goerges on Thursday.

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-equaling 24th major.

Remarkably, the 36-year-old was back in a Grand Slam final just ten months after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia.

That enjoyment was clear to see as she dashed Goerges’s hopes of setting up an all-German final with Angelique Kerber in 70 unforgiving minutes.

The 13th seed had never taken a set off Williams in three previous meetings and unfortunately for her, the American was once again at her dominant best on Thursday as she bludgeoned down five aces and 16 winners to finish off Goerges.

Williams, seeded 25th despite her laughable ranking of 181st, is the lowest ranked player to reach the women’s final but that number will fool no one, and especially not Kerber who was runner-up to the American in the 2016 final.

Reuters