She’s Back! Serena Williams Has Little Trouble In Semis En Route To 10th Wimbledon Final

By Karen Price | July 12, 2018, 4:06 p.m. (ET)
Serena Williams celebrates after winning her semifinals match at Wimbledon on July 12, 2018 in London.

 

Serena Williams is now one match away from her eighth Wimbledon title.

It was a fairly one-sided affair on Thursday as No. 25 Williams defeated No. 13 Julia Gorges, who was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal, 6-2, 6-4 in less than an hour. 

Williams will be playing in the Wimbledon final for the 10th time in her career. She won her first Wimbledon title in 2002. The four-time Olympic gold medalist won her sixth and seventh titles in 2015 and 2016 and did not play in 2017 as she prepared for the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia. This is only her fourth tournament since returning to the court; Williams withdrew from the French Open with a pectoral injury prior to her fourth-round match in her first Grand Slam appearance since becoming a mother. 

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Williams will face Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the No. 11 seed, at Centre Court on Saturday in a rematch of the 2016 final, which Williams won, 7-5, 6-3. Kerber is a former No. 1 who won titles at both the Australian Open and US Open in 2016. She defeated 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-3, in the other semifinal. 

Williams now has a 20-match winning streak going at the All England Club. After Williams got through the first set with little trouble, Gorges put up a fight after trailing 5-2 in the second. She won the next two games before her shot went long on match point and Williams broke into a smile. This will be Williams' 30th grand slam final of her career. She has 23 Grand Slam titles, one shy of tying the all-time record. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.