Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

10 months after baby, Serena in Wimbledon final vs. Kerber


"But our friendship is still exactly the same", she said.

At the time, it seemed like Kerber was setting herself for an extended period featuring at the pointy end of grand slams and maybe even Williams' most likely successor as the best women's player in the world.

Just 10 months after giving birth, Williams can complete an incredible comeback as she bids to become the first mother to win the tournament for 38 years. "I still feel like I'm in that place", Williams said.

Williams and Meghan have been close for years, with the 36-year-old tennis ace attending the royal wedding in May in with her husband, Alexis Ohanian.

Certainly, Kerber will not worry unduly about the player on the other side of the net, having already beaten Williams in a Grand Slam final in the Australian Open in 2016.

"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again". I just expected to win a match, then win the next match.

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'Yeah, she's a fighter. If she loses to Goerges, not that great, ' Hantuchova said on TV.

Serena told reporters this week that she and Meghan have "always had a wonderful friendship". The tougher players she's faced so far this fortnight at Wimbledon generally fitted into the big-server mould and it would have been fascinating to see how she coped with a decent returner and someone who will make her run a lot more - perhaps Simona Halep or Jelena Ostapenko might have been a very interesting match-up indeed. She know the feeling to going out on this stage where you are in the finals, especially here.

Kerber's resurgence has coincided with a change in coach, after she parted ways with long-time mentor Torben Beltz, replacing him with Wim Fissette, who previously worked with Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka.

Should Nadal win the fourth set and take it into a decider after the 1pm restart, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that the Williams-Kerber contest would start after 4pm.

Although the Saturday match will mark Middleton's first time attending a tournament this year, as she has taken a step back from royal duties to care for son Prince Louis, and the Duchesses first solo appearance together, Middleton and Markle have made a number of royal appearances together alongside their husbands.

Pippa Middleton returned to Wimbledon on Friday in a maternity dress custom-designed by Anna Mason London.

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