Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club, and she'll be playing her seventh match in the last two weeks when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.
To Williams' credit, she made her opponent work for the win, but on this occasion history was just out of reach as Kerber celebrated becoming the first German to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf won her seventh title in 1996. "Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam", she said. "I'm really, really sure". Then came her singles return, at Indiana Wells in March, when she won her first two matches before losing to her sibling.
'It definitely didn't have any impact on me, ' she added. "I was really happy to get this far", Williams said.
Kerber's clever ball-placement kept extending the rallies and the rustiness in the Williams game was apparent as she smacked the net with a backhand on set point.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex will attend Wimbledon this weekend to cheer on Meghan Markle's close friend Serena Williams in the women's singles final. Kerber is now behind only Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova for career Grand Slam titles among active WTA players.More news: China vows retaliation for $200 billion U.S. tariff threat
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"I knew that I have to take my first chance because you never know with Serena", she said.
But if she emerges victorious, she will equal Margaret Court's grand slam singles record as she claims her eighth Wimbledon title. After a little more time off, she played the fourth tournament of her comeback at Wimbledon, wearing compression leggings as a precaution against pulmonary embolisms.
"Next year, she is going to continue that plan, and in 2019, for the first time in her life, she will start the clay-court season with some belief". "Of course, she learned from that match in Australia".
It wasn't Flying Ant Day but an invasion of butterflies inside Centre Court nevertheless caused a stir.
She kept nagging away at Serena and induced more miscues from the American in the sixth game of the second set.
I felt like when I played on Court Three, for example, the shots I was hitting were more effective than the shots I was hitting today. In fact, I've probably forget about it.