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Serena Williams sets up Wimbledon final clash against Angelique Kerber

Serena Williams sets up Wimbledon final clash against Angelique Kerber

Prowling the baseline, Williams was aggressive and precise with her groundstrokes, keeping Goerges pinned back and working hard just to remain in rallies.

Although Serena Williams seemingly restored a sense of normality by reaching the final at the All England Club for the 10th time in her illustrious career with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Julia Goerges on Thursday, this time her appearance in the showpiece is far from ordinary.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams, 36, said, according to the Associated Press. "I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months. For me it's such a great feeling to be back in the final, playing again on Centre Court", said the German, who seems to have pulled herself together after a poor last season. "That's what I'm doing", Serena said.

Williams, who hates being broken, reacted swiftly, back with game and grunt, she broke for the match.

That's not the case.

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates defeating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the Wimbledon semifinals.

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.

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'She's always going out there to win the matches, ' the German said. Instead, Kerber employed spectacular defense and solid, steady play, while letting Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point.

Kerber used a seven-game run to seize control of her semifinal and collect a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded Ostapenko.

The first two points played by Ostapenko - who won the French Open in 2017 and crashed out in the first round the following year - were emblematic of the match.

The 13th seed's resistance crumbled in the following game, though, as she double-faulted to allow Williams to break her to love and claim the opening set.

The left-handed Kerber was mainly a passive participant in the early going against Ostapenko. Ostapenko's inability to reset and find consistency cost her dear. They first faced each other over a decade ago, in the first round of the 2007 US Open, when Williams defeated a 19-year-old Kerber 6-3, 7-5. She'll play for her eighth singles title against Angelique Kerber.

Eventually, Kerber's style ruled the day.

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.