Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Wimbledon Women's Final Predictions: Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber

Wimbledon Women's Final Predictions: Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber

Williams was referring to her effort in 2014 to equal the long-time measuring sticks Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who each won 18 grand slam singles titles. They say you can only beat what is in front of you and she has done it superbly.

While Leah Stivala wrote: 'I'm just patiently waiting for Meghan Markle to be in the Royal Box with Kate watching Serena at Wimbledon'.

Serena Williams will face Angelique Kerber on Saturday hoping to win an eighth Wimbledon singles title.

"I just feel when I don't have much to lose, I can play free".

"Jelena is always fighting until the last point, hits the ball really hard, and I was trying to stay focused".

This was an emotional fifth Wimbledon title for Serena after injury and health issues forced her to the sidelines for over a year between 2010 and 2012.

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Kerber let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point. Ostapenko: Winners (30), Unforced Errors (36); Kerber: Winners (10), Unforced Errors (7).

"I have to be ready for the match of my life", Williams said.

Williams, who missed Wimbledon a year ago due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016. "I know that I have to play my best tennis to beat her, especially on the grass".

After a breakthrough 2016, during which she won the Australian Open and US Open and rose to No. 1 in the world, Kerber struggled with the weight of expectation in 2017, as she dropped out of the top 20 for the first time in five years.

Angelique Kerber is not the least bit surprised Serena Williams once again stands between her and a coveted Wimbledon crown.

"I had a really tough delivery and I had to have multiple surgeries". It was tough. There was a time where I could barely walk to my mailbox. This is the same player who won her last Grand Slam title while she knew she was eight weeks pregnant, not dropping a set.

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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. This is the ninth time these two ladies have met, with Serena leading the head-to-head 6-2. The German will make her work for every point and will not offer many errors, unlike Serena's previous opponents who were mostly big hitters.

There were moments when watching Goerges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major's fourth round until now.

She's also a little more preoccupied with spending time with her 10-month-old baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

The American nearly bagged an early break despite Gorges racing to a 40-0 lead in her first service game. We also have to see the competitor who has a 10-month-old daughter travelling with her.

After getting broken by Goerges in the second set Thursday, Williams slammed the door on any thought of a rally by serving out the match with successive service blasts. Immediately, though, she broke back at love to end it, placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges' last shot landed long.

As a medical precaution, given her history of blood clots, Williams wore a body-hugging compression suit during play in Paris.

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