Arguably the greatest female player in tennis history, Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion who transformed her sport forever.
Williams says she lives with fear over her health, in particular new complications relating to a pulmonary embolism.
This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest. "I'm just enjoying every moment", Williams added.
But 30-year-old Kerber, seeded 11th, will not walk on as a mere prop for another Williams milestone.
Whatever the duo is doing, it's working - Williams will face Angelique Kerber in the finals on Saturday.
After tumbling out of the top 10 previous year, the German left-hander appears back to the blistering form that carried her to the top ranking and three major finals in 2016, including grand slam triumphs in Melbourne and NY.
"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia". "In case no one's told you yet today, I want to remind you that you are greater than your circumstances", she wrote two days out, as if aware she was building up to something worth commemorating.
"Because of all the blood issues I have, It was really touch-and-go for a minute".
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The 59-year-old coach was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti in Naples this summer but he wasn't released from his contract. Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli , however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea .
"With me, of course, she was more defensive player because I hit the ball much harder".
"But as I said in the last couple years, I don't want to limit myself".
The semifinal between Williams and Goerges began on a high note, marked by high quality serving and a robust exchange of ground-strokes.
Besieged by allegations that results of matches between the pair were "fixed" by Richard, the situation became ugly at Indian Wells when Venus withdrew injured just before her 2001 semi-final against Serena. She's coming back. For me, I'm coming back from 2017.
But on the grass of Wimbledon, a surface she has always been comfortable on and one that doesn't need as much force as clay, she has built up a commendable momentum right from the start.
Jul 12, 2018; London, United Kingdom; Serena Williams (USA) celebrates match point during her match against Julia Goerges (GER) on day 10 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club.
"I lost count after, like, four surgeries", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution.
She was bed-ridden for six weeks and only returned to the tour in March, after initial hopes of defending her title in Australia.
"In a way, it's by far the toughest year for me, but in a way it's by far the best".
Just hours later when it was confirmed that Serena Williams had won her place to compete for the trophy, she spoke of how excited she was to have her old friend in the crowd.