American tennis star Serena Williams, AKA the greatest to ever goddamn do it, advanced to the final of the 2018 Wimbledon tournament overnight with a crushing 6-2, 6-4 win against Germany’s Julia Goerges.
While Williams dominating on the court isn’t exactly a new development in her illustrious career, the way she did it is worth noticing: Williams has only played 13 13 matches since giving birth to precious bub Alexis, and complications stemming from the delivery almost killed her.
Last night’s match, which put Williams on the precipice of a 7th Wimbledon title, saw her pull out some vintage stuff against her opponent. A lofty lobbed shot early on was returned by Goerges, only to be powered down the line by a Williams backhand.
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Speaking after the victory, Williams said “I don’t even know how to feel because I literally didn’t think I’d do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months.”
Emphasising the struggle it’s taken to get back to this point, the 37-year-old said “This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it to be honest.
“I couldn’t even walk to my mailbox, so it’s definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.”
Williams will face Angelique Kerber over the weekend for the title, a rematch of the 2016 final which Williams won 7-5, 6-3. Expect greatness on the court, no matter which way that one goes.