Angelique Kerber is back in the Wimbledon final.
Ahead of the tournament in London, Williams told "Good Morning America" that her body had changed after the baby.
In September 2017, she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, an experience which she later described as life-threatening and detailed complications she faced from a pulmonary embolism and a host of surgeries to prevent blood clots spreading to her lungs. 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.
"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month.
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.
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"It's insane. 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", said the American, who won the 2017 Australian Open while in the early stages of her pregnancy. "I just feel like when I don't have anything to lose, I just can play so free, and that's kind of what I'm doing".
"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. She's coming back and for me also I'm coming back from 2017. So I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.
Jelena Ostapenko has started her first Wimbledon semifinal.
The German was unable to turn that break into anything resembling a comeback, however, as Williams quickly earned three match points in the following game and converted when Gorges sent a lob long. Kerber did not dictate much, content to let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon. Williams broke for a 4-2 lead in the second when Goerges tried a rare drop shot that caught the top of the net tape and fell on her side. But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide.
It took Kerber two tries to serve out the victory, getting broken to 5-2.