JUST IN: Serena Williams into her 10th Wimbledon final

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At 36 years and 291 days, Serena hopes to become the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era.

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

Arguably the greatest female player in tennis history, Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion who transformed her sport forever.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel".

With compatriot Meghan Markle, whose marriage to Britain's Prince Harry Serena attended this year, watching from the Royal Box the stage seemed set for another memorable day in the fairytale career of Williams.

Williams was bedridden for six weeks after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September past year following an emergency caesarean section.

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"For me this year, it was really important for me to really playing again a consistent year".

But with the clock ticking, and having already celebrated her 28th birthday, Kerber stunned Williams in the 2016 Australian Open final to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.

For German 11th seed Kerber, winning Wimbledon for the first time at the expense of the woman who denied her in 2016 would be a sweet moment.

"Almost didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said shortly after completing her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges on Thursday.

"She is clearly a really good grass-court player". All told, she won the point 87 percent of the time that she landed her first serve. Despite entering Wimbledon as the tournament's top seed, the German did not feel any additional pressure entering the tournament.

"I think if she gets one more Grand Slam then she probably has a few more in her".

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The win in NY also saw her ascend to the world number one ranking, making Kerber the oldest woman to take top spot for the first time.

Saturday night's Wimbledon final between the record-chasing Williams and smiling assassin Angelique Kerber could scarcely feature two more contrasting characters.

I think everybody knows this tournament.

With a #TeamJule hashtag splayed all over social media, Goerges is a 29-year-old German tennis player who totally revolutionized her tennis game three years ago.

A clash with Kiki Bertens ended 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 in Williams' favour and set up a meeting with sister Venus, who showed her sibling no sympathy to hand her a first defeat since January 2017.

"A lot of people were saying, 'Oh, she should be in the final, '" the 36-year-old Williams said.

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"I honestly felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments".

"I had that feeling very much", Clijsters said.

Muguruza was making her major final debut and Serena exploited the youngster's nerves despite a brief wobble of her own late in the second set when she twice dropped serve.

When she returned to competition in March, she was disappointed that she didn't perform better. We are in 2018! I know every match is really tough, especially at the Grand Slams.

Now will come the sternest on-court test Williams has faced: Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion with a lefty stroke and never-give-up-on-a-ball defence.

Goerges and Williams have come up head to head in tennis matches multiple times leading up to this semi-finals appearance, and Williams has beaten Goerges every time.

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