Serena Williams to play for 24th Grand Slam Title in Wimbledon Final

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Stop and let that breathe for a moment. She went on to win her final three major singles titles in 1973, including the Australian Open less than a year after childbirth.

They've played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2. "I had a hard birth, multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it". I'm really proud to be back in the Wimbledon final, especially after a year ago where things weren't like I was expecting.

Arguably the greatest female player in tennis history, Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion who transformed her sport forever. Outside expectations were couched. "That's pretty cool", Williams said of the British public's respect for her achievements. That changed last week.

As top seed after top seed failed to advance past the early rounds, Serena sailed, dropping only one set in six matches.

Few can fully appreciate Williams's comeback these past 10 months. That's something I have to keep reminding myself.

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. "It's not frustrating, but it's like, 'C'mon, guys, this is pretty awesome'".

"She's walking, maybe a little too fast", she said. I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: Oh, my God, I have a PE in my leg. Williams and Kerber combined to produce two memorable grand slam finals in 2016, with Kerber prevailing at the Australian Open and Williams at Wimbledon. Court gave birth to her first child - a son, Daniel - in March 1972 and returned to the circuit later that season. "I felt like the court is really slow". Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament previous year while pregnant.

Faced with a daunting task of beating Serena Williams (left), Angelique Kerber looks to become the first German woman in two decades to win Wimbledon. She knows the feeling to going out on this stage where you are in the finals, especially here. "So do I", Williams said.

"I had age [in common with Williams] and a C-section, and I certainly wasn't coming back to play tennis", said Shriver, who's at Wimbledon as an ESPN analyst. But this is different. The American faces Angelique Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 showdown, which she won.

As for her focus on winning No. 24?

"I don't think it's the right thing to do", Dominika Cibulkova told the BBC before the decision came down. I know that she is always pushing you to the limits to play your best tennis. "It's just a number".

To new mums, her message was simple: "There is no rush to get back to it, start gently with walking and work up to anything more strenuous".

Once criticised by some for making the women's game predictable with her dominance, Williams has won people over by sharing her vulnerabilities and now stands close to a fairytale ending.

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