Two months away from turning 37, and just 10 months after giving birth to her first child, this extraordinary athlete now has the opportunity to relive the 2016 Wimbledon final, when she played and defeated Kerber.
"Whatever happens Saturday, it's one of the more impressive things that she has done".
Having fallen from a year-end ranking of World No.1 in 2016 out of the Top 20 in 2017, Angelique Kerber has had a resurgence this year, compiling a 38-10 Tour-level record in 2018 and reaching at least the quarterfinals in 10 of her 12 tournaments (the exceptions being a second-round retirement in Stuttgart to Anett Kontaveit and a first-round loss in Mallorca to Alison Riske).
From the moment she arrived at All England - heck, before she stepped Nike to perennial rye - the aura around Williams felt different than in her previous three tournaments. "I nearly couldn't make it to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final".
"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final. "I think it's great what she done so far", Kerber added. That's wildly impressive. Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win.
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We get to see our families now and then. "So to be here and be part of it, to lead this team out makes me so proud". "Harry has been one of the best defenders in the World Cup and he certainly fits Liverpool's philosophy".
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Much has been rightly made of the genuine togetherness in England's camp. Obviously, Pep has helped me a lot just as he has other players at City.
"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.
For 29-year-old Goerges, Thursday's outing was not completely a lost cause because despite the mauling, she had finally made it to a semi-final at one of the four majors - albeit on her 42nd attempt.
Serena Williams said "it's crazy" that she has managed to reach a 10th Wimbledon final, 10 months after a series of life-saving surgeries which followed the birth of her daughter and that she still has "traumatic thoughts" over her own mortality. "We saw that she improved every single match she's playing here". But there is no statistic fantastic enough to convey the implausibility of the outcome - a 6-2, 6-4 win over Goerges that at once felt predetermined, yet unthinkable just a short time ago.
"I have to be ready for the match of my life", Williams said. An eighth Wimbledon title would put Williams one behind Martina Navratilova for most championships at the All England Club.
"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia".
But she couldn't keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next.