Serena Williams into Wimbledon final to set up chance of 24th major title

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• Williams beat Julia Görges 6-2, 6-4 to face Kerber in final
• ‘I’m enjoying every moment,’ says Williams after victory

It was Julia Görges’ good luck to be drawn against the world’s 181st-ranked player in the semi-finals here. Or it would have been if that player had not happened to be Serena Williams. She swept Görges aside 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 10 minutes of ruthlessly efficient tennis. So, five months after she finished her maternity leave and four tournaments into her comeback, Williams is in the Wimbledon final again. She has now won 20 consecutive matches here. And given how well she is playing, her run may well stretch to 21 when she plays Angelique Kerber on Saturday. It would be her 24th grand slam title, which would equal Margaret Court’s record.

Williams says she has not been thinking about the record, that she had actually forgotten about it until it was brought up after the match. “I don’t want to limit myself,” the 36-year-old said. She put so much pressure on herself when she was trying to win her 18th major and she does not want to make the same mistake again. So 24 is “just a number and I want to get as many as I can”. She has different motivations now. It is easy to forget that Williams was pregnant this time last year. She says she forgets it herself sometimes, that it is “something I have to keep reminding myself”. And of course “it’s no secret I had a super-tough delivery.

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Written by Andy Bull at Wimbledon
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