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Published: 18:28 | 12/7/18

Williams to face Kerber in Wimbledon decider


Serena Williams will face Angelique Kerber in Saturday's Wimbledon final after both comfortably saw off their last four opponents in straight sets.

Williams, who is bidding for her eighth crown, eased past Germany's Julia Gorges 6-2 6-4 in a one-sided encounter.

Kerber meanwhile was too good for Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, seeing her off 6-3 6-3 to set up a repeat of the 2016 decider which Williams won.

The American was in full control from the first game against Gorges, with the latter making her first appearance in a grand slam semi-final, while Williams will now look to equal the record of 24 slam singles titles with victory over Kerber.

Two-time grand slam champion Kerber broke her opponent's serve in the seventh game of the opening set while an early break in the second set gave her an advantage she did not relinquish.

"It's crazy," Williams said afterwards. "I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back.

"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free. That's what I'm doing. 

"This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery [giving birth last September] and multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it to be honest. I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

"I'm enjoying every moment."

Kerber meanwhile paid tribute to Ostapenko's efforts.

"It is such a great feeling to be back in the final and to play on Centre Court is always a great experience," she said.

"I'm happy and proud to be in another Grand Slam final, I will just try to play like I did and just focus on my game.

"Jelena is always fighting until the last point, hits the ball really hard, and I was trying to stay focused. It was quite tough but I'm happy to be through."

The 2018 Wimbledon championships take place between Monday, 2 July and Sunday, 15 July, and will be shown live on eir sport.

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