Kerber reveals Steffi Graf inspiration for Wimbledon title bid

Serena has also reached the singles final, where she will face Angelique Kerber on Saturday.

Designer sunglasses are portals to the past as Patrick Mouratoglou considers how much enjoyment Serena Williams allowed herself after winning a first French Open in more than a decade. "I made a lot of errors".

The American - who is still in the Wimbledon doubles competition with her sister Serena - said she felt she could continue to play for a long time.

"When I'm going on court, after the first few games, I think I will not be as nervous as before".

Williams' comment is juicy, composed of equal parts humility and warning.

Kerber was hoping it would be a German semifinal double on Thursday, but the country's football team lost 2-0 to hosts France at Euro 2016 in Marseille. It would match Steffi Graf, who won 22 between 1987 and 1999, but it would be strewn across a wider, 17-year span. "She could've easily been in the finals, and then in the finals, all it takes is one good match of unbelievable tennis and you just don't know what happens". But I think that right now I can handle it better.

Moore resigned after his making his comments, while Djokovic apologised the following day, saying: "I don't make any differences between the genders". I fear the great man just ran out of gas. Williams crushed Elena Vesnina in the semifinal in under an hour. The defending champion could face Venus in Saturday's title match for the fifth time at Wimbledon and ninth time at all four majors. When you hit with her, she's still playing really well.

Kerber is feeling just as calm and centered as Williams. "They tried everything, but still they played a good tournament there". She's restored her status here.

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"For sure I will be nervous like before every single match", she said.

Evert, who is commentating here for ESPN, remembered Friday her first sight of Williams.

Unforced errors made by Angelique Kerber in the tournament so far. She can use her wrists as effectively as flippers on a pinball machine.

"I prefer "one of the greatest athletes of all time"," she said with not a trace of a smile.

"Of course, when you talk with her, it's always a great honor". Grass also likes left-handers; the southpaw slice is a particularly tough serve for right-handers to handle on grass.

"I will try to take the experience from Australia and trying to be a little bit more relaxed". I can't help thinking that Murray will get more balls back against Raonic than Federer was able to.

And the case will be even stronger if she can do what she couldn't in Melbourne: solve Kerber's left-handed game. In Australia, she overcame a history of growing and throwing in puffball serves under pressure.

  • Lawrence Cooper