Meghan and Kate will attend Wimbledon on Saturday

May JohnsonJul 15, 2018

Williams and Kerber combined to produce two memorable grand slam finals in 2016, with Kerber prevailing at the Australian Open and Williams at Wimbledon.

Yet just 10 months later, Williams is on the verge of making more history as the seven-time champion aims to become the first mother to win Wimbledon since 1980.

Williams, who gave birth to a baby girl, Alexis Olympia, in September, added: "I had a really tough delivery, I had to have multiple surgeries, and nearly didn't make it to be honest".

There was a time, when she was a much younger player, that Serena Williams got upset when she wasn't picked as the favorite to win Wimbledon.

"I had a really tough delivery and I had to have multiple surgeries".

"But as I said in the last couple years, I don't want to limit myself".

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.

"Because of all the blood issues I have, It was really touch-and-go for a minute".

"This is not inevitable for me".

Her rival on Saturday will be No.11 seed Kerber of Germany.

"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me", the 36-year-old Williams said, "and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career". "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.

Keys out as Wimbledon seeds keep falling
Keys also came up short with a comeback attempt after fighting back from a set and two breaks down, losing 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Kyrgios could next face lucky loser Bernard Tomic if his Australian compatriot can shock Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Nine-times champion Martina Navratilova said victory on Saturday would be the "biggest triumph of her career".

Today, at 36 and just 10 months removed from a hard childbirth that was followed by grave health complications, she's bemused by those who expected her to reach Wimbledon's final this year, so soon after returning to competition.

When she returned to competition in March, she was disappointed that she didn't perform better. What she's seeded is not going to determine her winning this event.

Serena Williams (USA) celebrates match point during her match against Julia Goerges (GER) on day 10 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club.

They will watch Angelique Kerber take on Serena Williams in the women's final, Kensington Palace confirmed last night. For a whole week before the Championship began, she posted throwback photos and motivational quotes around her many wins here.

Kerber has already made the semifinal of the Australian Open and the quarterfinal of the French Open this year. It was tough. There was a time where I could barely walk to my mailbox. In Miami, she lost in the first round to Naomi Osaka.

The first of the two matches on Centre Court seemed to hold more promise given the contrasting styles of the two players.

Alyssa Roenigk is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com whose assignments have taken her to six continents and caused her to commit countless acts of recklessness.

But her hunger to return is not just dependent on records.

"I just feel that when I don't have anything to lose, I can just play so free, and that's kind of what I am doing", said Williams.

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