Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Wimbledon final: Serena shocked, Kerber pumped

Wimbledon Live Score Wimbledon Live Score Serena Williams dropped the opening set but won against Camila Giorgi
Frederick Owens | 14 July, 2018, 09:43

A ferocious ball-striker, the 21-year-old Ostapenko stunned the tennis world last year when she beat title favorite Simona Halep from a set and a break down to become the first unseeded player in the Open era to win the Roland Garros title.

Navratilova has been as impressed as anyone watching Williams's Wimbledon return, the American having been absent past year as she prepared to give birth to daughter Alexis Olympia.

Williams is playing only her fourth tournament since the arrival of baby daughter Olympia in September and is now just one win away from her eighth Wimbledon title.

"It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this", Williams said. I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest. Every day I had to have a new surgery, and it was because all of the blood issues I have, I was really touch and go for a minute ...

This weekend is a chance for Williams to equal Margaret Court's long-standing record of 24 grand slam singles titles. Czech-born American Navratilova did so playing mainly at the net while Williams has claimed 23 Grand Slam singles titles with a game based on a booming first serve and ferocious baseline power.

The final tally told the story: Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7. I was still pregnant at this time a year ago.

Despite that, Williams is glad to be back performing at the top level after a measure of disappointment at her previous displays.

The German attacked the biggest chink in Ostapenko's armour - her second serve, which is weak and ineffectual.

Wimbledon: Kevin Anderson v John Isner no classic
It wasn't so much the shot that the fans particularly loved though, it was Isner's actions following the victor . I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", Djokovic said.


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Anderson and Isner's main strength is their service game, which was pretty apparent given that three sets went to a tie-break. The eighth seed will face either twice champion Rafael Nadal or three-times victor Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.


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But she couldn't keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next.

"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".

When American 10th seed Madison Keys lost her third-round match to Evgeniya Rodina, she admitted she had been distracted by the prospect of coming up against Williams in the next round. "That was the hardest part - accepting that I didn't", Williams said. In 1973 she triumphed at the Australian, French and US Opens.

How has she done it, what does that say about the state of the women's game, and how can Kerber beat her? At Wimbledon, on a 20-match unbeaten streak having lifted the title in 2015 and 2016, it is like she has never been away. But if any player tips the scales in that category, it's Williams, who is enjoying her matches as much as ever.

After a barren six-year spell marred by Wimbledon final defeats against Venus and Maria Sharapova, it was Serena's time to regain her throne.

Gorges was solid to start the second set as she held her first two service games again, but just as in the first, Williams broke through in the sixth. I felt like when I played on Court Three, for example, the shots I was hitting were more effective than the shots I was hitting today. "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not "normal" for me to be in a Wimbledon final". Two years later, she was in the top 100 and in January 1998 made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open.

Muguruza was making her major final debut and Serena exploited the youngster's nerves despite a brief wobble of her own late in the second set when she twice dropped serve.

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