Serena Williams was expecting to take "baby steps" on her return to tennis as a mum but after reaching the Wimbledon final wants to make giant strides. She's one match from making that happen, 10 months after childbirth. "That's pretty cool", Williams said of the British public's respect for her achievements.
To hear people say, "Oh, she's a favourite" - the last 16 months, I've played four tournaments, and was carrying another human half that time.
On Saturday, Williams can match Australian Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam singles titles and move one shy of Martina Navratilova's record nine Wimbledons. "I'm just enjoying every moment".
"Whatever happens, honestly, it's an incredible effort from me and just good motivation to keep going for the rest of our career", Williams said.
It worked. The 11th-seeded Kerber reached her second final at the All England Club by avoiding too many mistakes and using a seven-game run to seize control for a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded Ostapenko on Thursday. She is the second woman to accomplish this in the Open Era following Chris Evert, who played in a major final for 14 straight years between 1973 and 1986.
"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month.
Williams vs. Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon. Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament a year ago while pregnant.
'She's trying to, yeah, playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold. "This was not inevitable for me".
'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'.
Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all.
It was the first time at these championships that the American had faced a player ranked in the top 50 and she stepped up with a powerful display that also showed better movement around the court than in previous rounds.
Williams, who hates being broken, reacted swiftly, back with game and grunt, she broke for the match. Immediately, though, she broke back at love to end it, placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges' last shot landed long.
"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final.