WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams will play for a 24th career Grand Slam title when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon women’s final on Saturday.
The 25th-seeded Williams, who is only playing in her fourth tournament since giving birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia, last September, ousted 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-2, 6-4 in the 70-minute semifinal on Thursday.
The 36-year-old Williams suffered from a pulmonary embolism, a condition she had previously, immediately after giving birth.
“It’s crazy,” she said in a BBC interview after the match. “I don’t even know how to feel. I literally didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months. I had a really tough delivery, had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it, to be honest.”
Willilams played her first official tournaments back at Indian Wells and Miami in March.
She also played at the French Open where she reached the fourth round, but withdrew from the match against Maria Sharapova because of a pectoral muscle injury.
If Williams reigns victorious over Kerber, she will equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles won. Court’s victories spanned the amateur and Open era years. Williams’ 23 singles trophies at the majors is an Open era record.
Heading into the 10th Wimbledon final of her career, Williams is 11-2 in matches played this year. Six of those matches have taken place during this fortnight.
Williams, who improved her Wimbledon semifinal record to 10-1, would claim an eighth Wimbledon trophy if she wins Saturday. She has won 92 of 102 matches played at Wimbledon since first playing here in 1998.
The only wobble Williams had against Goerges was when serving for the match at 6-2, 5-3. She went down 0-40, and lost her serve for the only time when at 30-40 she barely could get her racket on a forehand return.
Williams recovered quickly, going on to break Goerges serve at love in the very next game to take the match.
Kerber earned her spot in a second Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 6-3 win over 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Lativa.
Williams holds a 6-2 record over Kerber. Certainly, Kerber’s shining moment over Williams was when she captured her first Grand Slam title in the 2016 Australian Open final.
Williams avenged that loss when the two met in the 2016 Wimbledon final, which was the last time Williams played here.