Angelique Kerber opens up on how to beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon
13 Julio, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Gregg Anderson
Stop and let that breathe for a moment. On the way to the last-four, she's dropped one set - against Camila Giorgi - in the quarterfinal.
The German beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 in their semi-final and is one win away from a third Grand Slam triumph. 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.
"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free". "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest". There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox.
Just 10 months ago, Williams suffered life-threatening pulmonary embolisms after delivering her daughter, Olympia, via C-section. When she returned from maternity leave at Indian Wells in March, every baby step was celebrated.
Kerber, in contrast, bides her time, working the back of the court to get everything back over the net, often kneeling to get low enough to reach shots. That changed last week. She's been excellent this Wimbledon, although it wasn't easy late against the stubborn Ostapenko. "I am a member, so that kind of counts", Serena joked in press, adding: "[Meghan and I] always had a wonderful friendship. The two faced-off in the 2016 finals, where Williams was victorious. That's something I have to keep reminding myself.
She told BBC Sport: 'It's insane, I don't even know how to feel.
"It's like, come on guys, this is pretty awesome".
Her first Grand Slam tournament back was the French Open, where she won three matches before withdrawing last month because of an injured chest muscle.
"I'm looking forward to having the feeling again".
"Oh, wow. I never thought about that".
That's a revealing confession from a player who has appeared as mentally unflappable as any woman in this tournament.
The set looked to be following the same pattern as the first-Gorges had yet to earn a single break point in the entire match as she struggled to challenge Williams' serve-but the 29-year-old finally did so as Williams attempted to serve for the match.
"Seeing her back, it's great", said Kerber, who has lost six of eight previous matches against Williams.
'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. "I've been learning a lot from her".
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles victor and seven times at Wimbledon, advanced to Saturday's Wimbledon final with a 6-2, 6-4 win over German Julia Görges on Thursday.
The 23-time major victor can match the Australian legend's total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won. "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.
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