NUM­BERS GUIDE

Sport360 - - Wimbledon - By Reem Abulleil

There are some im­pres­sive num­bers on show and sev­eral records in line to be bro­ken when Ser­ena Wil­liams and An­gelique Ker­ber clash again on Cen­tre Court. Here, we take a look at the key stats.

01 Ker­ber is look­ing to be­come the first Ger­man woman to win the ti­tle since St­effi Graf in 1996.

03 For the third time in the Open Era, both women’s fi­nal­ists are not seeded in the top 10.

03 Ker­ber is only the third player to face Ser­ena in three or more ma­jor fi­nals, along­side Venus Wil­liams and Maria Shara­pova. Venus is the only player to de­feat Ser­ena twice in a Slam fi­nal.

04 Grand Slam fi­nals Ker­ber has now reached.

04 Ser­ena is bid­ding to be­come just the fourth mother to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era.

04 This is just Ser­ena’s fourth tour­na­ment back from ma­ter­nity leave.

04 Ker­ber will rise to No. 4 in the world if she wins the ti­tle, and No. 7 if she loses.

06 Ker­ber is one of six Ger­man women to reach the Wimbledon fi­nal in the Open Era.

07 Wimbledon ti­tles Ser­ena has won so far in her ca­reer.

12 kilo­me­tres run by Ker­ber through her six matches at Wimbledon, com­pared to 6.3km run by Ser­ena.

12 top-10 wins for Ker­ber this sea­son. By con­trast, she recorded just one top-20 vic­tory in a sub-par 2017.

18 Ser­ena is mak­ing her 18th main draw ap­pear­ance at Wimbledon.

23 Slams won for Ser­ena from 29 fi­nals played. That’s a 79% win­ning rate in ma­jor fi­nals. It’s the sec­ond-best win­ning per­cent­age in the Open Era.

24 Ser­ena’s bid­ding to match the all-time record of 24 Grand Slams won.

28 Ser­ena will rise from 181 to 28 in the world by virtue of reach­ing the fi­nal, and would hit No. 19 if she wins the ti­tle.

30 This year’s fi­nal is the first between two thirty-some­things at Wimbledon since Vir­ginia Wade de­feated Betty Stove in 1977.

36 At 36 years 291 days, Ser­ena would be­come the old­est Grand Slam sin­gles cham­pion in the Open Era, over­tak­ing her own record set at the 2017 Aus­tralian Open, if she de­feats Ker­ber. Ser­ena is the thir­dold­est Grand Slam fi­nal­ist.

43 per cent of Ser­ena’s serves have been un­re­turned this fort­night, com­pared to 24% for Ker­ber.

44 Ser­ena has struck 44 aces this tour­na­ment.

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