Unstoppable Serena Williams closes in on Margaret Court's record

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They first faced each other over a decade ago, in the first round of the 2007 US Open, when Williams defeated a 19-year-old Kerber 6-3, 7-5.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do", Dominika Cibulkova told the BBC before the decision came down.

"I was expecting a few more baby steps myself", she said.

For the second time in three years, Williams will face Angelique Kerber for the title.

Serena Williams swept aside Julia Gorges in straight sets Thursday to book her place in the 2018 Wimbledon final.

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'She's always going out there to win the matches, ' the German said.

She did fight back to break Williams when the American, seeded 25th despite her laughable ranking of 181st, was serving for the match at 5-3 up in the second.

"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again". Williams won that for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, then sat out the grass-court tournament past year while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors. Goerges, reduced to hit 13% of her groundstrokes inside the baseline, much less than the average 37% registered in their previous rounds, had to survive a huge, constant pressure from the back and her hopes to play the second all-German major final (Aussem won the only previous one at 1931 Wimbledon over Kranwinkel) faded.

I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

A tight tussle looked in store at 3-3 in the first set but when Ostapenko fired a forehand long to drop serve the match quickly ran away from her.

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Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time major victor said: "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 took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day.

Serena Williams is not focused on simply matching and breaking Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record - she wants to smash it. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best". "I just feel like when I don't have anything to lose, I just can play so free, and that's kind of what I'm doing".

Two former World No. 1-ranked players swept their way into the Wimbledon women's singles final by making quick work of their opponents in two brutally short sets.

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There are lot of ifs and buts. "This shows we can be up there, win knockout games and get to semi-finals". Look at the fans tonight, there was a lump in my throat watching the fans applaud us at the end.

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