Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

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"She's a good grass-court player and is going really well" Williams added.

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. She is the second woman to accomplish this in the Open Era following Chris Evert, who played in a major final for 14 straight years between 1973 and 1986. I didn't think I would be doing this just 15 months after.

"Pregnancy will not be penalized", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said last month. She will also be returning to Wimbledon the following day with her husband Prince William to watch the Gentlemen's Singles Final on Centre Court.

Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it.

Serena Williams says she will be "ready for the match of her life" when she faces Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final on Saturday. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great". The two faced-off in the 2016 finals, where Williams was victorious.


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.

Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis in March, but failed to achieve any considerable progress in her first tournaments and struggled to regain decent competitive shape.

"Serena is the one who you want to play, who you want to get the experience from", said the German, whose previous five visits to the All England Club had ended in first-round defeats. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and big groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon. Ostapenko threw four more errors into her next service game to hand the German the first set.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead.

Williams whose daughter Olympia was delivered by an emergency caesarean section on September 1, will play in the final, two months after taking a front row seat at Meghan's wedding in Windsor. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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