Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record

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Williams is headed to her 10th Wimbledon final after defeating Germany's Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday.

Serena Williams thinks of herself as Wimbledon royalty and the seven-time champion will be cheered on by her friend the Duchess of Sussex in Saturday's final against Angelique Kerber. Making her 18th main draw appearance at the All England Club, Williams continued her bid to win her eighth Wimbledon singles title, joining Helen Wills-Moody: in the Open Era, only Martina Navratilova has won more (nine titles).

The left-handed Kerber, a former No 1 and two-time major champion, beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 earlier on Thursday (Friday NZT). "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.

The American nearly bagged an early break despite Gorges racing to a 40-0 lead in her first service game.

There was a time, when she was a much younger player, that Serena Williams got upset when she wasn't picked as the favorite to win Wimbledon. Williams broke the ace-thumping, heavy-striking German again in the seventh game before serving out the set in 33-minutes.

Having fallen from a year-end ranking of World No.1 in 2016 out of the Top 20 in 2017, Angelique Kerber has had a resurgence this year, compiling a 38-10 Tour-level record in 2018 and reaching at least the quarterfinals in 10 of her 12 tournaments (the exceptions being a second-round retirement in Stuttgart to Anett Kontaveit and a first-round loss in Mallorca to Alison Riske).

With 2016, all the success, 2017, with a few up and downs, to coming back this year, I think I learned so many things about me.

. For a time afterward, she could barely walk to the mailbox.

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The German was unable to turn that break into anything resembling a comeback, however, as Williams quickly earned three match points in the following game and converted when Gorges sent a lob long. 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.

A jubilant Williams celebrated with relish as she closed out victory with a break of serve to love on the Goerges delivery.

Will Serena match Court's record?

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving". "It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this".

"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament".

Also, the chance to demonstrate that she is still the very best in the business. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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