Why Serena Williams doesn't want coach to speak at Wimbledon

Doug Mendoza
July 14, 2018

"She's been playing really well", Williams said after defeating Julia Goerges in straight sets to book her ticket to a 10th Wimbledon final. Following the baby's delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

"I think it's fantastic that she's even had time and made the effort [to get back to that level]", she said.

"I didn't want to let her go, " Williams said in a recent interview. "I had a really tough delivery and I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth", the champion said.

A victory will give her an 8th Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam crown, taking her level with Margaret Court's all-time mark. Kerber also won that year's U.S. Open, replacing Williams atop the WTA rankings right afterwards.

Williams rested some after that, not practising serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents - or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter - until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut. The grunts and ferocious focus were still there against Goerges, who put up more resistance in her first grand slam semi-final than the score might indicate. "It was quite tough but I'm happy to be through".

"I can't say it's the one I'm most proud of".

"With me, of course, she was more defensive player because I hit the ball much harder". Kerber lost their last matchup two years ago in the final and will want revenge.

"This was not inevitable for me", Williams said after the match, which took 70 minutes to complete.

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Besieged by allegations that results of matches between the pair were "fixed" by Richard, the situation became ugly at Indian Wells when Venus withdrew injured just before her 2001 semi-final against Serena. "She really brings out great tennis in me".

Wimbledon is just Serena's fourth tournament since returning to the tour in March.

In the past, Williams has often looked to be exorcising personal demons in the latter stages of major tournaments - the power in her strokes matched by the fire in her eyes.

Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day.

She is by far the most risky player the American has faced so far this fortnight and is on something of a comeback trail herself after a slump in 2017. But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide.

"This is as well as she has played, period, in her career", said nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova, commentating for the BBC. "I think she's incredibly confident", she said.

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