Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

Kate and Meghan will take to the royal box to watch the game, and it is sure to be a memorable experience for Meghan in particular, as she'll watch her close friend Serena Williams compete against Angelique Kerber for the chance to win a record-breaking 24th grand slam title.

"It's her second final in three years, is that right?"

"I think it is a completely new match".

"For me, having to deal with PEs is more mentally challenging because if I have a pain in my leg, I automatically go to the worst-case scenario", she said.

Ahead of the tournament in London, Williams told "Good Morning America" that her body had changed after the baby. Williams, who over the years has introduced variety into her play, threw up a lob to set-up breakpoint, which she duly converted to take a 4-2 lead.

Her 35th grand slam semi quickly raced to a conclusion as Williams stepped on the gas, Goerges trying to mix things up but failing in her execution.

Two months ago she withdrew from her French Open last 16 match against Russia's Maria Sharapova due to health problems just hours before the encounter was planned to start. "I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", said Williams after her semi-final win on Thursday.

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The 13th seed looked out of the contest at 5-3 down but she managed to force a gutsy break of serve with Williams serving for the match.

The 23-time major victor can match the Australian legend's total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months", said the American, who won the 2017 Australian Open while in the early stages of her pregnancy.

Earlier on Thursday, she was equal with tactics and tennis, powering into a tenth Wimbledon final.

On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best". "It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this".

Williams whose daughter Olympia was delivered by an emergency caesarean section on September 1, will play in the final, two months after taking a front row seat at Meghan's wedding in Windsor.

  • Lawrence Cooper