Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber, like Serena Williams, is on the comeback trail

When asked about the change, Williams said, "I don't know". We both learned a lot.

"2017 is over and I'm glad about that". Williams is playing in her fourth tournament and her second Grand Slam since missing more than a year with her pregnancy, but you'd never know it looking at her. But when Goeges' final shot soared long, Williams did not roar with relief or release. In 1973 she triumphed at the Australian, French and US Opens.

Her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were spotted in Wimbledon's Royal box on Wednesday and her pregnant sister, Pippa, is expected to make an appearance.

Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club, and she'll be playing her seventh match in the last two weeks when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.

Serena Williams is into the Wimbledon final after a dominant 6-2, 6-4 victory over the strong-serving Julia Goerges of Germany. Court gave birth to her first child - a son, Daniel - in March 1972 and returned to the circuit later that season. "She does it so well".

Williams will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and her first since giving birth in September. Of course, Serena Williams exacted her revenge at Wimbledon that same year, when she defeated Kerber in the final. "She's such a great opponent". "This court definitely feels like home", she said. But it will be no easy road.

Serena made it clear who would end up being regarded as the family's best player as she sealed a dominant win that moved her above Venus to the top of the WTA rankings. Today was, unfortunately for her, a case of the latter. Kerber, who also won the Australian Open in 2016, is bidding to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Graf in 1996.

"She can rely a lot more on her serve and return of serve - it's very hard to take her to rallies on grass so that's why she is more than ever the favourite here", Bartoli said.

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving". In her first six matches, Kerber has looked steady and resilient, gobbling up balls at the baseline like a videogame character. "Beating her is one of the biggest achievements along with winning a tournament". Equally important will be the mental game that goes on between these two women.

Julia Gorges was completely out-played by Williams in the semi-final.

Still, though, you should be able to count her out when she's coming back from childbirth, when she's played only a handful of matches in 16 months, and when she's not that far removed from what she described on Thursday as being unable to walk to her mailbox.

Ranked 183 in the world before the Championships began, her performances have rendered the debate and controversy prior to the tournament about whether she should be seeded - she was eventually granted a discretionary seeding of 25 - absurd. "That's why she is where she is now".

The Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge will be together at Saturday's Wimbledon battle as Serena Williams faces off against Angelique Kerber.

  • Julie Sanders