LONDON (Reuters) – A “crazy” journey that began with Serena Williams taking baby steps back into top-flight tennis following a 13-month maternity break has come almost full circle at Wimbledon as the American stands just one win away from what would be a remarkable triumph.
Williams is not one for doing things quietly during a career that has earned her 23 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic gold medals and more than $85 million dollars in prize money.
Angelique - Kerber - Wimbledon - Title - Saturday
But should she beat Angelique Kerber to claim an eighth Wimbledon title on Saturday and draw level with Margaret Court’s record Grand Slam haul of 24, the commotion she will create will reverberate far beyond the sporting world – as she will have done it as a 36-year-old mother.
In the build-up to Thursday’s semi-final against Julia Goerges, there had been some rumblings that Williams had yet to be tested as she had been fortunate not to run into any top 50 player since none of the top 10 seeds made it into the last eight.
American - Billie - Jean - King - Concern
American great Billie Jean King had also voiced the main concern that remained about Williams.
“Emotionally and mentally no one can beat Serena but will she hold up physically after having a baby?” the six-times Wimbledon champion said moments before taking her seat in Centre Court’s Royal Box.
Destruction - Williams - Baseline - Lobs - Goerges
The 70-minute 6-2 6-4 destruction, during which Williams was made to run up and down the baseline and also chased after lobs as Goerges desperately tried to stay alive, left both King and nine-times champion Martina Navratilova open mouthed.
“This is as well as she has played in her career. She was solid in every facet of the game. When Gorges stepped it up and broke, she comes right back breaking to love,” gushed Navratilova.
Champion - Everything
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