‘It’s crazy’: Serena Williams shocked after reaching 10th Wimbledon final

Serena Williams in action at Wimbledon

Serena Williams is way down the rankings after missing much of the last year Credit Getty images

Remarkably, the 36-year-old was back in a Grand Slam final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia.

She's also closing in on her 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.

Win a Slam while preggers with twins? 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. Just 10 days earlier, the four-time Olympian put on one of the displays of the Commonwealth Games to secure bronze in the 5,000m.

But when the steely-eyed Williams imposed her iron will, the challenger was unable to reply, dropping five games straight to surrender the first set and fall behind in the second. There is Serena, and then there are the rest of us humans.

'She know the feeling to going out on this stage where you are in the finals, especially here.

It turns out that she needn't have anxious.

"I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said Thursday after doing just that, clinching a spot in Saturday's final with a 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over Julia Goerges of Germany. "It's insane", she told the BBC afterward. Asked if Williams was reaching a broader audience now, Smoller said: "Of course".

She said: "Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon and has supported me".

She is right about the insane part.

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.

And Wilander believes that clinching an eighth Wimbledon crown would convince her she was capable of winning another four Slams. Hingis would never win another major singles title, which isn't all that unusual in a sport that has seen plenty of youngsters who rise quickly and then fade nearly as fast. And her serve, widely regarded as the greatest in women's tennis, once again packs its daunting punch and placement. Justine Henin won her first Slam in 2003 and her seventh and final one in 2007. "She will have to serve really well". Results can not always be seen through just the prism of a scorecard, performance can not be always measured by victory or defeat.

That Serena, who is among the grittiest and most mentally strong player on tour, has such thoughts and overcomes them, speaks volumes about her determination to compete.

It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back.

But she didn't mean that as a criticism.

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has said her "dream match" would have been on Centre Court against Serena Williams. "It looks like she was never away".

Apparently you can not. Serena Williams, all these years later, is inevitable. It will mark the first joint engagement the Duchesses have carried out together, and royal watchers will be eager to see the sister-in-law's bond on display. And then Vinci won. Williams is 6-2 against Kerber but the German beat Serena in the 2016 Australian Open final. Wimbledon seemingly disagrees with where the WTA think Williams is at right now. "It's such a pleasure and a joy [to be in the final] because less than a year ago, I was going through so much".

A jubilant Williams was back giving the crowd a one-arm raised victory twirl after reaching a 10th Wimbledon final when her opponent swiped a lob behind the baseline. We probably should have seen this coming.

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