Williams nears 8th Wim­ble­don ti­tle, 24th Slam over­all

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LON­DON (AP) — Yes, this will be Ser­ena Williams’ 10th Wim­ble­don final. Yes, it’s her 30th ti­tle match at any ma­jor. And, well, sure, she’s widely re­garded as not just the best of her era, but any era.

Let oth­ers shrug at this lat­est ac­com­plish­ment, as if all it sig­ni­fied were merely an­other chance at an­other in a long line of tro­phies. Williams is not shy about say­ing she, for one, is im­pressed by this. Rightly so. For it was only about 10 months ago she was hav­ing a baby and then deal­ing with a se­ri­ous health scare that fol­lowed.

Even af­ter all of that, even af­ter more than a year away from the game, even in only the fourth tour­na­ment of her come­back, Williams showed she’s still ca­pa­ble of dom­i­nance. Es­pe­cially at the All England Club, where a rel­a­tively routine 6-2, 6-4 vic­tory over 13thseeded Ju­lia Go­erges of Ger­many on Thurs­day put Williams one win away from an eighth cham­pi­onship.

She’s also clos­ing in on her 24th Grand Slam

ti­tle, which would equal Mar­garet Court’s all-time record.

“A lot of peo­ple were say­ing, ‘Oh, she should be in the final,’” the 36-year-old Williams said. “For me it’s such a plea­sure and a joy be­cause, you know, less than a year ago, I was go­ing through so much stuff.”

Af­ter hit­ting five aces with a serve that reached 119 mph, de­liv­er­ing 16 win­ners to only seven un­forced er­rors, and cov­er­ing the court so well with speed and ef­fort, Williams will face an­other Ger­man, 11th-seeded An­gelique Ker­ber, on Satur­day.

“What­ever hap­pens, hon­estly,” Williams said, “it’s an incredible ef­fort from me.”

The left-handed Ker­ber, a for­mer No. 1 and two-time ma­jor cham­pion, beat 12th- seeded Je­lena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 ear­lier Thurs­day.

“See­ing her back, it’s great,” said Ker­ber, who has lost six of eight pre­vi­ous matches against Williams. “I know that she is al­ways push­ing you to the lim­its.”

Ker­ber let 2017 French Open cham­pion Ostapenko de­ter­mine the out­come of nearly ev­ery point. By the end, Ostapenko had far more win­ners, 30-10, and far more un­forced er­rors, 36-7.

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