LONDON – American tennis great Serena Williams on Thursday defeated Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon final for the tenth time.
Goerges led all women’s singles players with 44 aces heading into the semifinal round but was not as effective on serve against Williams.
The German world No. 13 managed just three aces, committed four double faults and dropped serve four times during the one-hour, 10-minute match.
Williams rolled through the first set, not facing a single break point and winning two of her opponent’s service games.
The second set looked like it would be a virtual carbon copy of the first until the ninth game, when the 23-time Grand Slam champion dropped her serve for the first and only time in the match.
But Goerges, who is one of the leaders on the WTA Tour thus far this season in percentage of service games won, was broken at love in the ensuing game to exit the tournament.
With her victory, Williams now is one win away from equaling Australian great Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam women’s singles titles.
Standing in her way is German world No. 10 Angelique Kerber, who defeated 12th-ranked Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday’s first women’s singles semifinal. Kerber also reached the Wimbledon final in 2016, losing to Williams in the championship match 7-5, 6-3.
The 36-year-old Williams, who was on maternity leave this time last year and did not compete at Wimbledon, is seeking her eighth title at the All England Club.
That would leave her just one short of the record held by Czech-born American great Martina Navratilova.
Williams, currently ranked No. 181 due to her lengthy absence from the Tour, will climb to No. 19 if she defeats Kerber in Saturday’s final.
The 30-year-old German is seeking her third Grand Slam title and first at Wimbledon.