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Williams to face Kerber in Wimbledon final

Williams will equal Margaret Court's all-time record if she beats Kerber. Credit: PA

Serena Williams put on a superb display of power and athleticism to reach her 30th grand slam singles final.

The 23-time champion, who will equal Margaret Court's all-time record if she beats Kerber on Saturday, needed just an hour and 10 minutes to defeat Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4.

Williams, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just over 10 months ago, produced the most impressive display of her comeback and will now attempt to stage a repeat of the 2016 final, when she defeated German Kerber.

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Williams strives for perfection ahead of Wimbledon quarter-final

Williams was unseeded for Wimbledon after time off to give birth. Credit: PA

Serena Williams says she is getting closer to being back to her best ahead of the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The seven-time champion faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi for a place in the last four in only her fourth tournament since giving birth to daughter Olympia in September.

After sweeping aside Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court, Williams, 36, had an ominous warning for her rivals.

She said: "I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be.

"For me, there's so much further I want to go to get back where I was, and hopefully go beyond that.

"I'm getting there. I don't think I'm there yet. I feel like it takes time to get there.

"I'm always striving for perfection. There's a lot of things that, I don't know if you can tell, but I really need to work on. Hopefully, I can get there."

Williams, currently the world number 181 having slipped down the rankings following her maternity leave, is the lowest-ranked player to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in the open era.

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova's defeat to Kiki Bertens means that none of the top eight are in the quarter-finals for the first time since the All England Club introduced seedings in 1927.

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