Wimbledon 2018 -- Angelique Kerber advances to final

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Serena Williams demonstrated that having a baby had not robbed her of any of her phenomenal tennis skills when she became the first mother in 38 years to reach the Wimbledon final, with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of Germany's Julia Goerges on Thursday.

With her compatriot already advancing to the final, Goerges hoped to make it an all-German affair, but Williams proved too strong in the second of two disappointingly one-sided semi-finals. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great".

"I know she played a lot of good matches where she came back from a score like that, when she has nothing to lose", Kerber said.

Ostapenko, 21, had admitted she cracked under the strain of defending the French Open title when she lost in the first round last month.

Though she composed herself at the start of the second, a drop-shot agonisingly clipped the net before dropping back onto her own side as Williams clinched the break.

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory.

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Kerber is a two-time major champion and will be playing in her fourth Grand Slam final. 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.

Facing the mighty Williams woman will be her toughest task of her comeback plan and Goerges, who has climbed to 10th in the world this year and has earned over $7m in her career, said: "I haven't allowed myself to think about it".

She is on a 19-match winning streak at the All England Club, with her last defeat coming against France's Alize Cornet in the 2014 third round.

Williams is also chasing the chance to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams singles titles. She's been excellent this Wimbledon, although it wasn't easy late against the stubborn Ostapenko.

The 29-year-old had served more aces (44) and hit more winners (199) than any other player in the first five rounds.

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