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Serena Williams: Why I would be furious to lose Wimbledon final

Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2016, 01:24

"We had awesome matches here in the women's tournament, unbelievable matches with the guys".

Should Kerber triumph over Williams in the final, she will become the first German woman since her idol, Steffi Graf, to win Wimbledon.

Should she win, it would be a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title and a measure of revenge over Kerber, who beat her for the Australian Open title earlier this year.

But she knows Serena will be in determined mood as she bids to win a seventh Wimbledon title and equal Graf's Open era record of 22 Grand Slam crowns.

Perhaps the edge is off, if only slightly, because Williams was upset at the U.S. Open last September, then Australia, and also at last month's French Open.

Serena Williams reaches her third Grand Slam final in a row, and this time mentally approaches the last round of the tournament differently. "For me, it's holding the trophy and winning, which would make it a better accomplishment".

"For me, it's not enough", Williams said. "That's the ultimate goal for, I think, both of us".

"Serena even told me at the net, see you later".

Yes, she is one of a kind.

When asked what she makes of it when others talk about her as one of history's greatest female athletes, this was the reply: "I prefer ... one of the greatest "athletes" of all time".

If Venus could beat Kerber, Serena said, "It would be great".

That Australian Open victory gave Kerber her first Grand Slam title in her first Grand Slam final. "I don't think I would deserve to be paid less because of my sex, or anyone else for that matter in any job", she added.

And she wound up as the oldest woman in the final four at a major since 1994.

Until Kerber's run this year, Sabine Lisicki in 2013 was the only German woman to make the Wimbledon final and she ended in tears after being thrashed by Marion Bartoli.

"Steps away from making it to the end", Venus said.

It was the first time that Serena had lost two Grand Slam finals in a row. Still, Kerber was hardly at her best at the outset, either: The match began in ragged fashion, with five consecutive breaks of serve. We are playing on grass court. "Her concentration was up-and-down". She made little to no unforced errors.

Watched from the Royal Box by guests including the Duchess of Cambridge, former Centre Court queen Williams showed flashes of the game that brought her five Wimbledon titles from 2000 to 2008. "That was the plan".

Commentator John McEnroe said after that "Serena's practice session this morning was harder than that match", and he wasn't lying. "I felt like I had no chance".

As Williams won a fifth straight game in the second set, her dominance was reflected in the statistic with Vesnina winning just five points in the second set.

Her fastest serve sailed past the Russian at 123 miles per hour, 11 mph faster than Novak Djokovic's most recent average against Sam Querrey.

Williams's serve nearly worked to perfection.

The top-seeded Williams, a six-time champion at the All England Club, broke Vesnina's serve twice at the start of the match for 4-0.