After taking tentative steps in her return to the sport in which she has always been the dominant force, just 13 matches into her comeback and ranked 181st in the world, she appeared to be working at the level that enabled her to win 23 Grand Slams.
"I still have a match to win", she said. I'm really proud to be back in the Wimbledon final, especially after previous year where things weren't like I was expecting.
The 11th seed produced a stunning display of power hitting from the back of the court to leave Ostapenko a very frustrated figure.
On Saturday, No. 25 seed Williams will face 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of the risk-taking Jelena Ostapenko, in a reprise of Wimbledon's 2016 final.
Williams, who is in a major final just 13 matches into a stirring comeback, said, "This is insane, I don't know how to feel". "In case no one's told you yet today, I want to remind you that you are greater than your circumstances", she wrote two days out, as if aware she was building up to something worth commemorating.
"The last years, not only 2016 and 2017, also the years before, give me a lot of experience and to know what is really important in life, what's not, and what you have to focus on". "I'm just enjoying every moment", Williams added. I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back after 16 months away.
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A jubilant Williams celebrated with relish as she closed out victory with a break of serve to love on the Goerges delivery. "We played here in the final the last time I played here in the final". Win or lose, she was defying odds and outperforming even the most optimistic predictions for her first year back on tour.
She completely controlled the game and crucially broke to 4-2 in the opening set. Similar to the first set, Goerges lost serve in the sixth game with a drop shot that fell into the net.
The American nearly bagged an early break despite Gorges racing to a 40-0 lead in her first service game. But the match turned a game later.
In the second set, the left-handed Kerber quickly went into the lead with Ostapenko choosing to live as dangerously as before. The 21-year-old had 30 winners and 36 unforced errors, while the German had a mere seven errors. An eighth Wimbledon title would put Williams one behind Martina Navratilova for most championships at the All England Club. Down 1-5 and 0-30, she won two successive games before Kerber shut the door on the 12th seed. "It's by far the toughest", she said.
"I'm looking forward to having the feeling again. I'm happy and proud to be back in a Grand Slam final, it's what I was working for since I was in a kid".