Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke. "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said.
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.
That was also the year the German was the runner-up at Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams in the title match. "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff". She won here I don't know how many times.
Jelena Ostapenko has started her first Wimbledon semifinal.
That mentality shifted slightly when Williams dropped her first set of the championships in the quarter-finals against Camila Giorgi and following the stunning exit of overwhelming men's favourite Roger Federer yesterday, which proved the unthinkable can happen.
I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.
Seven-time champion Williams will be second on Centre Court when she faces Kerber's compatriot, Julia Goerges, who will be playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.
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'But as I said in the past couple years, I don't want to limit myself.
The other semifinal sees two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber take on 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko. 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.
She opened with a double fault and won the next point with a bludgeoning forehand of breathtaking audacity, a pattern that left the audience gasping at her free-flowing brilliance and then gasping again at her appalling blunders right through the game.
The first two points played by Ostapenko - who won the French Open in 2017 and crashed out in the first round the following year - were emblematic of the match.
"She brings her "A game" in a lot of important moments", Goerges said. There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3. Immediately, though, she broke back at love to end it, placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges' last shot landed long.
"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia".