"I think it's awesome that she's even had time and made the effort [to get back to that level]", she said.
"When she played against me today, I mean, I'm hitting the ball much harder than her, and she didn't have this opportunity to go for the shots", Ostapenko said after the 6-3, 6-3 loss. "I had a really tough delivery. and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said. "Every time I go out there, I want to take a giant step forward", Serena said when asked if she had surprised herself by making the final.
Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she'll tie Margaret Court's all-time record for grand slam singles titles.More news: 70 killed in attack at election rally in Pakistan's Quetta
In the first semi-final, Kerber, the highest seed remaining at No.11, was much too steady and resourceful for another power player, 21-year-old Jelena Ostapenko.
"I'm really proud to be back in a grand slam final".
Ostapenko, who blazed away to win the French Open past year, still delivered 30 winners, but was guilty of over-pushing at times against the resolute left-hander.
"It was just routine every day, I had to have a new surgery. Maybe one or two rounds but I got news for ya, the rest of the field is more anxious about her being about not seeded than she is". "Everything was faster. For Venus it was a big advantage past year", she said.
Even now, so fierce is Williams' on-court persona, she would have you believe that she was totally consumed by the prospect of winning. She's coming back. For me, I'm coming back from 2017.
"Serena is one of the best players in the world", said Kerber, who could become the first German to lift the Wimbledon trophy since Steffi Graf in 1996.More news: HTC Banking on Blockchain Phone ‘Exodus’ for Survival
Her daughter Olympia was born in September, but Williams then underwent emergency surgery to prevent life-threatening blood clots.
A fan shows her support for Williams, who's seeking her eighth Wimbledon title. I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing.
"In a way, it's by far the toughest year for me, but in a way it's by far the best". Whatever the outcome, Williams has proved yet again that she has the will and drive to return to the fore.
Hardly so. And Williams has made a point of raising the curtain on her rocky road back to make a larger point to women who feel overwhelmed by the changes in their bodies, emotions and priorities following childbirth.
Markle has also been seen with Williams recently when she attended a polo match that Harry was playing in Ascot, England just a couple of weeks ago.More news: Greeks expel Russian diplomats in Athens 'spy' row