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Angelique Kerber

GETTYAngelique Kerber takes on Daria Kasatkina this afternoon

"She does it well", said Williams, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams will vie for a sixth Wimbledon title but before that, she will have to get past Germany's Julia Gorges in the semi-finals on Centre Court.

It meant a familiar name will stand opposite Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams triumphed in, but the iconic American was keen to emphasize that her latest journey to the second Saturday can not be considered run of the mill.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams who returned to tournament play in March after a 13-month absence. "I'm just enjoying every moment".

'This was not inevitable for me, I had a really hard pregnancy and I had to have multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it. "That's what I'm doing", Serena said. "I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so for me to back in a Wimbledon final isn't normal nor is it inevitable".

The 23-time major victor can match the Australian legend's total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won. "I know that she is always pushing you to the limits to play your best tennis. It'll be a good match". Now she's supporting me in a different role.

But Williams, who looked disappointed but still unruffled as he has been right through the tournament - so serene that a journalist couldn't resist asking whether this had something to do with motherhood - reeled off the next four points to break right back and win the match. Williams, who over the years has introduced variety into her play, threw up a lob to set-up breakpoint, which she duly converted to take a 4-2 lead.

It took Kerber two tries to serve out the victory, getting broken to 5-2. When serving for the match, Williams fell behind 0-40, and Goerges broke on her third opportunity with a flashing forehand, slammed deep into the far corner.

But the seven-time Wimbledon is not merely planning on matching the Aussie's 24-Slam haul and insists she won't "limit" herself by setting a finite target. Making her 18th main draw appearance at the All England Club, Williams continued her bid to win her eighth Wimbledon singles title, joining Helen Wills-Moody: in the Open Era, only Martina Navratilova has won more (nine titles).

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