Germany's Angelique Kerber too strong for Jelena Ostapenko

Angelique Kerber

Williams vs. Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon. Until the start of this tournament, that was the last match Williams played at Wimbledon.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat out German player, No. 13 seed Julia Goerges, Thursday in a 6-2, 6-4 victory to advance to the women's final. Goerges, playing her first Slam semifinal, sent a forehand flying wide off the sidelines to concede serve.

It meant a familiar name will stand opposite Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams triumphed in, but the iconic American was keen to emphasize that her latest journey to the second Saturday can not be considered run of the mill.

On Saturday, just 10-and-a-half months since giving birth to her first child, Williams will take on Germany's Angelique Kerber for the chance to match Court's haul with a title at the All England Club.

"I don't want to limit myself", Williams said.

Kerber, who offered up only a miserly seven free points, really just had to stay calm and wait for her opponent to self-destruct and Ostapenko fell into the trap.

The outcry over her unseeded status at the French Open-she didn't lack points for failing to win or because of injury, but rather because she was busy for over a year having a baby-led to the USTA reexamining the ranking and seeding process.

Hardly so. And Williams has made a point of raising the curtain on her rocky road back to make a larger point to women who feel overwhelmed by the changes in their bodies, emotions and priorities following childbirth.

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Markle is good friends with Williams.

In a sense, Williams has been writing this narrative - rising up, overcoming, doing the impossible - since her father, Richard, took her and sister Venus to a dilapidated tennis court in Compton, Calif., put rackets in their hands and coached them, along with their mother, into champions. "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.

Serena Williams is into the Wimbledon final.

"She won here I don't know how many times".

Extended bed rest followed. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

As a result she spent the first six weeks of motherhood in bed as she recovered from the ordeal. She lost in the quarterfinals to 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko.

The second set was quite simply a masterclass in precision groundstrokes from Kerber as she again broke early to seize the advantage. To Williams, it served double duty as a symbolic suit of armor. But there is no statistic fantastic enough to convey the implausibility of the outcome - a 6-2, 6-4 win over Goerges that at once felt predetermined, yet unthinkable just a short time ago.

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