Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles victor and seven times at Wimbledon, advanced to Saturday's Wimbledon final with a 6-2, 6-4 win over German Julia Görges on Thursday.
Williams will take on fellow former world No.1 Angelique Kerber in Saturday's showpiece final after overpowering German 13th seed Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4 in just her 13th match back since returning to the court after more than a year's maternity leave.
It meant a familiar name will stand opposite Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams triumphed in, but the iconic American was keen to emphasize that her latest journey to the second Saturday can not be considered run of the mill. Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament past year while pregnant.
Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open victor, beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday's early semifinal.
"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final.
Williams will be going for her eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam, a number that would tie her with all-time leader Margaret Court.
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She completely controlled the game and crucially broke to 4-2 in the opening set. Like, the last 16 months, I've played four tournaments, and was carrying another human half that time.
'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'.
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But the way things have gone so far, there is no denying that the Three Lions have a great chance of reaching the final. Yet, they still need to strengthen up their shaky back line. "I never put myself up against anybody".
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Ostapenko grew increasingly frustrated as she slipped a second break down and, despite hitting back to deny Kerber as she attempted to serve out for the match at 5-1, could not do enough.
"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me. and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career", Williams added. They first faced each other over a decade ago, in the first round of the 2007 US Open, when Williams defeated a 19-year-old Kerber 6-3, 7-5.
"Mostly, the hardest part was mentally letting go of a lot of mommy things in order to fully be 100 percent into tennis", Williams said.
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Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time major victor said: "If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I've done pretty well here in the past".
Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory. Goerges, playing her first Slam semifinal, sent a forehand flying wide off the sidelines to concede serve.
On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky.
"I didn't know I would have such kind of traumatic thoughts, especially now that I have a daughter". "It's by far the toughest", she said.