Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

Serena Williams in action at Wimbledon

Serena Williams is way down the rankings after missing much of the last year Credit Getty images

Stop and let that breathe for a moment.

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.

The American former world number one overpowered Germany's Julia Gorges 6-2 6-4, while Kerber beat Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon.

"I think I was not thinking too much about against who I'm playing", Kerber said this week. I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox.

Williams duly raced to victory, delighting the packed Centre Court crowd with a display that confirms the 36-year-old is nearing her best form at the flawless moment.

It was an especially sweet victory for Williams, a 23-time champion, who survived harrowing complications when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 10 months ago. When she returned from maternity leave at Indian Wells in March, every baby step was celebrated.

To the crowd's delight, the Latvian came back strongly winning one of the three break points she had in the next game and then holding her own to reduce the margin to 3-5. That changed last week.

Williams, in fact, got broken just six times in the tournament, as her serve, like her ball-striking, became harder and cleaner.

Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time major victor said: "If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I've done pretty well here in the past". Now she's supporting me in a different role.

That title pushed her past Steffi Graf's record of 22 majors in the half-century professional era; Court won some of her Slams during the amateur era.

"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams who returned to tournament play in March after a 13-month absence. "It's not frustrating, but it's like, 'C'mon guys, this is pretty awesome'".

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