Wimbledon 2018 -- Angelique Kerber advances to final

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

She's also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches, going to the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant. At 36 years and 291 days, the sixth-oldest Grand Slam semifinalist in the Open Era dominated 62 64 Julia Goerges and became the third oldest major finalist.

The American is quite the queen of Centre Court, whether she's swinging her racket or engaging with the fandom.

"A lot of people were saying, 'Oh, she should be in the final, '" the 36-year-old Williams said.

The Wimbledon 2018 final will be Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber's ninth meeting, and a rematch of the Wimbledon 2016 final.

Williams, who is in a major final just 13 matches into a stirring comeback, said, "This is insane, I don't know how to feel".

After taking tentative steps in her return to the sport in which she has always been the dominant force, just 13 matches into her comeback and ranked 181st in the world, she appeared to be working at the level that enabled her to win 23 Grand Slams.

"This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest", said Williams after her semi-final victory on Thursday.

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

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

The Wimbledon ladies' finals are set to have a double dose of royal glamour this weekend, as the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex are confirmed to be attending the match together on Saturday afternoon.

"This is not inevitable for me", she said. "It'll be a good match". 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. Williams broke the ace-thumping, heavy-striking German again in the seventh game before serving out the set in 33-minutes.

At the beginning of the match, it seemed as if it may just work with the crowd-pleasing Ostapenko mixing her big boisterous hitting with some drop shots, as if to signal that she has soft hands as well. She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it previous year while pregnant. Breaking Ostapenko to go up 2-0, she consolidated the lead by winning her serve and then found herself breaking again for a 5-1 scoreline. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

"I feel like she's been playing really well".

Williams whose daughter Olympia was delivered by an emergency caesarean section on September 1, will play in the final, two months after taking a front row seat at Meghan's wedding in Windsor.