Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final months after returning from maternity leave

Angelique Kerber

GETTYSerena Williams is one of the favourites to win Wimbledon

The former world number one developed a "slew of health complications" after developing a pulmonary embolism 24 hours after her baby's arrival. She'll play for her eighth singles title against Angelique Kerber.

Serena Williams is headed to her 30th Grand Slam singles final after beating Julia Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday.

Williams, who is in a major final just 13 matches into a stirring comeback, said, "This is insane, I don't know how to feel".

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort against Goerges, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me".

Earlier on Centre Court, another German, Angelique Kerber, overcame Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3.

The 23-time major victor can match the Australian legend's total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won.

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'She's trying to, yeah, playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches. "This is the only chance to beat her".

Williams had daughter Olympian on September 1, followed by a pulmonary embolism and being bedridden for six weeks.

While its the pair's first royal outing as a twosome, it won't be Meghan's first visit to Wimbledon: she previously attended the event in 2016 to cheer on her longtime friend, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena.

She was, instead, going to employ spectacular defense and solid, steady play, while letting her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, be the one to determine the outcomes of almost every point.

"This is not inevitable for me".

"If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I've done pretty well here in the past".

Williams duly raced to victory, delighting the packed Centre Court crowd with a display that confirms the 36-year-old is nearing her best form at the flawless moment.

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Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day.

She has dropped just one set at this Wimbledon, against Camila Giorgi in the quarter-finals, and has served the second fastest serve at 122mph - just behind sister Venus' 123mph delivery.

That title pushed her past Steffi Graf's record of 22 majors in the half-century professional era; Court won some of her Slams during the amateur era. Suddenly, Williams' place in another All England Club final began to seem all but assured - while also feeling like entirely too much to expect so soon.

There were moments when watching Goerges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major's fourth round until now. She went on a half-hour run in which she took the last four games of the first set and took a 3-0 lead in the second.

However, the 14 errors meant that Kerber, at the third attempt, broke to lead 4-3. There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3.

Williams has improved round by round at SW19 over the past two weeks and her power was a joy to behold as surprise semifinalist Goerges fell 6-2, 6-4.

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