Wimbledon: This is crazy, says Serena Williams

Jul 13, 2018, 09:38 IST | AFP

Supermom Serena Williams just cannot believe she's made it to the Wimbledon final - for the 10th time - considering her life-saving surgery just last year

Wimbledon: This is crazy, says Serena Williams
American Serena Williams is ecstatic after beating Germany's Julia Goerges in the Wimbledon semi-final at London yesterday. Pic/AFP

Serena Williams said it's crazy that she has managed to reach a 10th Wimbledon final, 10 months after life-saving surgery which followed her pregnancy. The American, 36, eased past Germany's Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 and will face another German, Angelique Kerber in tomorrow's final, her 30th Grand Slam championship match.

"It's crazy. I don't even know how to feel because I literally did not think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back," said Williams. Victory on Saturday will give her an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam crown, taking her level with Margaret Court's all-time mark. It's a staggering achievement for Williams, who defeated Kerber in the 2016 final before sitting out the 2017 tournament to prepare for parenthood.

German Julia Goerges
German Julia Goerges

Her daughter Olympia was born in September but Williams then underwent emergency surgery to prevent life-threatening blood clots. She was bed-ridden for six weeks and only returned to the tour in March. "This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it to be honest," said Williams after her semi-final victory.

"I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. I'm just enjoying every moment." Seeded 25 this year and with a world ranking of 181, Williams insists she will be the underdog against Kerber on Saturday despite boasting a 6-2 career lead over the left-hander. "I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free. That's what I'm doing," said Williams.

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