Takeaways from women's semifinals at Wimbledon

Takeaways from women's semifinals at Wimbledon

"I still have a match to win, so I'm not even there yet".

"She certainly has a presence and an aura - just mentioning her name, people are easily intimidated by her before they have even stepped on court to play against her", Britain's Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong told BBC Sport.

"I know that sounds weird, but I worked out a lot and I worked hard". But after another two-month break, she has yet to be defeated in her next two tournaments.

"I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final". "I'm just enjoying every moment", Williams added.

Angelique Kerber has had a remarkable 2018 season thus far.

Williams is 23-6 in Grand Slam finals, and Kerber is responsible for handing her one of those rare defeats, at the 2016 Australian Open.

Serena had lost only one of her 10 previous Wimbledon semi-finals and the 11th followed a familiar script.

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There are potential parallels. 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 a red-hot Williams. 'Not even once actually.

She was off the tour for more than a year after her Australian Open title in January 2017 - won while she was pregnant, she later revealed.

"But as I said in the last couple years, I don't want to limit myself". That's what I'm doing.

Greensboro native John Isner eliminated in Wimbledon semifinals
It was a similar tale in the fourth set where the South African broke for 3-2 only to hand the break straight back. Isner in particularly started to appear tired at the set wore on.

Her extraordinary career just keeps breaking new ground but what would make this title special is not where it places her in history for sheer numbers, rather the role it will play in showing women around the world what is possible. But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide.

The two Duchesses will attend the Ladies' Singles Final on Saturday, their first official royal appearance together without William and Harry.

"Top of the heap, " Evert said.

It's easy to say that she only returned to win the record 24th Major, that she may have called time on her career if she had already had the record.

"It's about picking yourself up off the floor", said Jill Smoller, Williams's close friend, confidante and agent of almost 20 years. "She's such a great opponent". You have wife. You have a mother. She talked about the power of walking into her matches knowing she has nothing to lose, a point of view she gained by losing nearly everything.

Yes, this will be Serena Williams' 10th Wimbledon final. But when Goeges' final shot soared long, Williams did not roar with relief or release. "It looks like she was never away".

In her press conference, Williams talked about how awesome it is to be where she is now. "Every day is different, " Evert said.

After last week's "Seedageddon", which had robbed the tournament of all of its top-10 seeds, order was restored in the latter stages of the tournament, with three former grand slam winners advancing to the last four.

It was a process, as was reclaiming her movement, her timing and the power in her serve - particularly after injuring a pectoral muscle midway through the French Open.

"She knows she needs to work on other parts of her game".

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