Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

Kerber through to Wimbledon final after easy win over Ostapenko

Kerber books place in a second Wimbledon final

Williams will next face German world No 10 Angelique Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 showpiece won by Williams. Williams won that for a second consecutive Wimbledon title, then sat out the grass-court tournament a year ago while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.

And Kerber, who has just two wins over her in eight meetings, knows she can not underestimate her current level.

The German was utterly ruthless in her approach as she broke early and held her advantage, conceding just three games in the opening set.

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On Saturday, Williams can match Australian Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam singles titles and move one shy of Martina Navratilova's record nine Wimbledons.

Even after all of that, even after more than a year away from the game, even in only the fourth tournament of her comeback, Williams showed she's still capable of dominance. Williams gave birth to a daughter in September. So do I. She's playing so well. Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me. 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. When serving for the match, Williams fell behind 0-40, and Goerges broke on her third opportunity with a flashing forehand, slammed deep into the far corner.

The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and a keen tennis fan, so it's no surprise she will be taking a break from her maternity leave to make an appearance at the ladies' finals.

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The American nearly bagged an early break despite Gorges racing to a 40-0 lead in her first service game.

Williams' match against Goerges featured two of the best servers around, and began quite evenly, until 2-all, 30-all. In the week leading up to her first-round match against Viktoriya Tomova, Williams posted a daily countdown on Instagram that included flashback Wimbledon photos and uplifting sentiments.

'I think that's a good thing because, you know, I put so much pressure on myself when I was trying to get to 18, then the rest, it was so much.

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It took Kerber two tries to serve out the victory, getting broken to 5-2. "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.

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