Serena Williams is one more win away from another historic landmark after a comprehensive 6-2, 6-4 victory over 13th seed Julia Goerges at Wimbledon.
Victory for the 36-year-old against Angelique Kerber on Saturday would see Williams draw level with Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and the evidence of this display is a matter of when, and not if, she moves out on her own.
Williams, playing in only her fourth tournament since the birth of daughter Olympia in September, had shown consistent signs of improvement in every match but this clash represented a major step up in difficulty for the American, who had not faced off against a top-50 player in this fortnight.
Serena was overjoyed, saying she didn’t think she could recover from her pregnancy so fast.
It’s crazy. 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 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.