Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies.
Her daughter Olympia was born in September but Williams then underwent emergency surgery to prevent life-threatening blood clots. Following the baby's delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.
"It's insane, I don't even know how to feel because I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams. Williams is playing in her fourth tournament and her second Grand Slam since missing more than a year with her pregnancy, but you'd never know it looking at her.
She's also closing in on her 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.
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. Her mobility is solid, her serve is incredible, and she's been taken to three sets just once all tournament.
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In comparison, there were just seven errors off the racket of Kerber and that tells the story of where the encounter was won. She will vie for her eighth Wimbledon title against German Angelique Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 Wimbledon final, which Williams won in straight sets. Williams, who over the years has introduced variety into her play, threw up a lob to set-up breakpoint, which she duly converted to take a 4-2 lead. By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, and far more unforced errors, 36-7. She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it a year ago while pregnant. Goerges, playing her first Slam semifinal, sent a forehand flying wide off the sidelines to concede serve.
Wimbledon is just her fourth tournament since she signed off the tour with the 2017 Australian Open title. "This was not inevitable for me".
"This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest", said Williams after her semi-final victory on Thursday. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great".
In the first five games that went with serve, it was Goerges who made more winners, but it was Williams who broke the German to go up 4-2; after this, there was no looking back.