Kerber, like Williams, is on the comeback trail

Kerber books place in a second Wimbledon final

Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies.

With experience of three Grand Slam finals, two against Williams, she will not be cowed on Saturday.

It was only 10.5 months ago that Williams had far more serious concerns. I am inspired by her; she's a big role model.

Although Williams won that match in straight sets to claim her seventh Wimbledon championship and the 22nd of her 23 Grand Slam titles, she noted that Kerber, who has two Grand Slam titles of her own, is a more experienced, risky opponent today than she was two years ago.

Margaret Court - who leads the all-time standings with 24 major singles titles - used to be known as "The Arm" because of her unusual physical dimensions: her racket arm was said to be three inches longer than that of a normal woman of her height.

The Heart, because of her extraordinary desire to keep testing herself against the best, even as a 36-year-old with a 10-month daughter at home.

"So do I. I think it will be just like the last final; it will be a really good final".

We chart her return to the WTA Tour ahead of what is arguably one of the greatest sporting accomplishments, regardless of the result on Centre Court on Saturday.

Given Williams' absence from the tour coincided with Kerber's slump, it would be fair to consider if having arguably the greatest tennis player of all time as a primary competitor was the motivation Kerber lacked a year ago.

American doubles great Mike Bryan reached his first Grand Slam final without twin brother Bob on Thursday when he and Jack Sock beat Briton Dominic Inglot and Croatian partner Franko Skugor in a five-set thriller at Wimbledon.

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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"I think that's a good thing because, you know, I put so much pressure on myself when I was trying to get to 18 (major titles), then the rest, it was so much".

Kerber let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point.

By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7.

It will be Kerber's first Grand Slam final since she won the second of her two major titles at the 2016 US Open.

The 30-year-old has bounced back from a bad 2017 and is close to the form that brought her the Australian and US Open titles two years ago.

"I lost count after four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", she said. "This was not inevitable for me". "For me, it's really important to go on my own way".

The powerful American had been on a 20-match winning roll at Wimbledon, a sequence that started in 2015, and had picked up speed round by round in the past fortnight.

"It's an honor to share the court with her", Goerges said.

After getting broken by Goerges in the second set Thursday, Williams slammed the door on any thought of a rally by serving out the match with successive service blasts.

The 70-minute 6-2 6-4 destruction, during which Williams was made to run up and down the baseline and also chased after lobs as Goerges desperately tried to stay alive, left both King and nine-times champion Martina Navratilova open mouthed.

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