JUST IN: Serena Williams into her 10th Wimbledon final

JUST IN: Serena Williams into her 10th Wimbledon final

Angelique Kerber will try to seek revenge against Serena Williams, who beat her in the Wimbledon final in 2016.

Even after more than a year away from the tour, even after a health scare while having a baby a little more than 10 months ago, Williams is still capable of dominance.

"It's insane, I don't even know how to feel, because I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said in a televised interview.

Serena Williams admits she's been surprised by her march to the Wimbledon final after only playing four tournaments since returning to the court. "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. "I was not even trying to serve a second serve because that was pointless - so I was just going for first serve constantly", she said.

After the trauma of Paris where she became only the sixth female Grand Slam champion to fall at the first hurdle of her defence when losing to Kateryna Kozlova, her Wimbledon run was an admirable response. Ostapenko: Winners (30), Unforced Errors (36); Kerber: Winners (10), Unforced Errors (7). But it was Kerber who played the smarter game, keeping her cool, counter-punching whenever possible, and refusing to be rattled by the screaming winners that her opponent hit time and again.

"She certainly has a presence and an aura - just mentioning her name, people are easily intimidated by her before they have even stepped on court to play against her", Britain's Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong told BBC Sport.

"Serena is the one who you want to play, who you want to get the experience from", said the German, whose previous five visits to the All England Club had ended in first-round defeats.

"I had a really tough pregnancy delivery".

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Kerber didn't have her serve broken once in the first set and defied a crowd that was very pro-Ostapenko towards the end of the match.

"Mostly, the hardest part was mentally letting go of a lot of mommy things in order to fully be 100 percent into tennis", Williams said.

"This is not inevitable for me", she said.

All those questions about her mobility and fitness levels and whether she can beat top-15 opposition were answered swiftly and brutally. She's coming back and for me also I'm coming back from 2017.

At 181st in the world, Williams is technically the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final - although given her stellar record, it's a statistic that is unlikely to carry much weight. Kerber, who lost to Williams in Wimbledon's 2016 final, will have a shot at redemption in what's already been a solid season. "I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final", she said.

A game built on rugged defense, counter-punching and a tricky leftie serve gives her a chance of throwing Williams off her relentless stride.

Serena Williams (USA) celebrates match point during her match against Julia Goerges (GER) on day 10 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club.

It was a cathartic moment for the 36-year-old, who endured severe labour complications that left her needing life-saving operations.

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