Serena Williams Will Face Angelique Kerber In 2018 Wimbledon Finals
on Jul 13, 2018 09:57 AM EDT
Multi-titled netter Serena Williams displayed crisp forehands and sizzling backhands to defeat Julia Georges 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday and move into the Wimbledon finals.
Williams, who is seeking for her eighth Wimbledon, is also hoping to win her 24th Grand Slam title that would equal the record of all-time leader Margaret Court. The 36-year-old Williams is set to go up against a formidable foe in the championship round as she takes on former world number 1 Angelique Kerber this Saturday. She beat Kerber in two sets during the 2016 finals.
"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career," Williams said.
With the victory, Williams has now won 20 straight Wimbledon matches. Additionally, Williams also wound up victorious in her past 15 Grand Slam matches, dating back to the 2017 Australian Open.
Great Start For Williams
With the game tied at two apiece early in the first, Williams broke the game wide open as she earned a break in the halfway point of the opening set. Prior to the match, the 13th seed Georges only had a single break point in her first five matches.
Williams played a near-perfect game in the opening set wherein she won a remarkable 87 percent of her first-serve points by hitting 13 of 15. In addition, Williams managed to limit her errors to just four, resulting in a 6-2 triumph.
Although Williams just had one break point in the second, it proved to be enough for the 23-time Grand Slam winner as she was able to convert five aces while committing just seven unforced errors. Just like in the opening set, Georges lost control of the game when she failed to convert a drop shot in the sixth game.
Kerber Seeks Revenge
On the other hand, the two-time major champion Kerber beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 to punch her ticket into the championship round. Kerber played an efficient game against Ostapenko wherein she committed seven unforced errors as to the latter's 36 unforced miscues.
Ostapenko took a momentarily 3-2 lead in the opening set, but it proved to be the last hurrah for the 12th seed as Kerber took control of the match by winning the next seven games. Kerber is hoping to sustain her momentum as she looks to exact revenge on Williams.
It will also mark the second time in three years for Kerber to meet Williams in the championship round. Kerber beat Williams in the 2016 Australian Open before bowing to the latter in the Wimbledon.