Wimbledon 2018

The Championships, Wimbledon, The Wimbledon Championships or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in London since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. Since the Australian Open shifted to hard court in 1988, Wimbledon is the only Major still played on grass, the game’s original surface, which gave the game its original name of “lawn tennis”. The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Final, scheduled for the second Saturday and Sunday respectively. Five major, junior, and invitational events are held each year. The hard court Australian Open and clay court French Open precede Wimbledon in the year, and the hard court US Open follows.

Wimbledon 2018 semi-final: Serena Williams beats Julia Görges 6-2, 6-4 – live!
Angelique Kerber reaches final after stroll past Ostapenko
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There’s no stopping Serena Williams – she will face Angelique Kerber in the final.
There’s no stopping Serena Williams – she will face Angelique Kerber in the final. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA
Katy Murrells at Wimbledon

Thu 12 Jul 2018 16.27 BST First published on Thu 12 Jul 2018 12.08 BST
4.11pm Williams beats Gorges 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final!
3.35pm Williams wins the first set 6-2
2.18pm Kerber beats Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final!
1.44pm Kerber wins the first set 6-3
12.39pm Today’s full order of play
12.01pm Preamble
That was hugely impressive from Williams, she’s getting better match by match, and she’s now only one win away from the mother of all victories. Not only would it be an eighth Wimbledon title, it would be a record-equalling 24th major and, after all that she’s been through over the past year, it would surely be her greatest achievement. And that’s saying something given what she’s done in her career.

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“And @serenawilliams is *still* the queen of Centre Court”

The #Wimbledon final awaits… pic.twitter.com/gn2QVgj8QZ

July 12, 2018
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The first take of our match report. We’ll have Kevin Mitchell’s version up soon:

Serena Williams into Wimbledon final to set up chance for 24th grand slam
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Serena speaks. So how does it feel reaching the Wimbledon final, only 13 matches into her comeback?

It’s crazy. I literally didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back. I just feel I don’t have anything to lose, I can play so free.

I had a really tough delivery, I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it. I couldn’t even walk to my mailbox. So I’m enjoying every moment now.

I played [Kerber] in the final [in 2016]. I love watching her play, so I get to play her now. Whatever happens now it’s an incredible moment for me.

Updated at 4.17pm BST
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Williams beats Gorges 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final!
Williams looks angry. And you don’t want to make Williams angry. 0-15. 0-30. 0-40. Three match points. And Gorges’s resistance in the previous game proves futile, when the German’s attempted lob loops long! Williams clenches her fists, commiserates with her beaten opponent, and takes in the adulation of the crowd. In previous years at Wimbledon people would ask: “Who can stop Serena?” This year you get the sense most people don’t want anyone to stop Serena, it would be such an inspirational story her winning the title here only 10 months after giving birth. And there’s only person who can possibly stop her now: Angelique Kerber. It’s a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams won in straight sets.

Williams beats Gorges 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final.
Williams beats Gorges 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA
Updated at 4.19pm BST
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Second set: Williams 6-2, 5-4 Gorges* (*denotes next server)

Williams is serving with new balls. As if she needs any help given the way she’s served today. But look here, 0-15, 0-30, courtesy of Williams’s second double fault. Williams comes to the net on the next point and Gorges hits a passing winner off Williams’s volley! 0-40, three break points. Williams fends off the first. And the second with her fastest serve of the match. But Gorges cracks a thunderbolt of a return on the third! Fantastisch. We’re back on serve. Well, well.

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Second set: *Williams 6-2, 5-3 Gorges (*denotes next server)

Gorges has not been overwhelmed by the occasion of her first grand slam semi-final, the underdog has simply been outclassed. However Gorges’s story isn’t quite over yet. At 40-30, Williams rams a return into the net. Williams will have to serve this out.

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Second set: Williams 6-2, 5-2 Gorges* (*denotes next server)

Another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it service game from Williams. She’s dropped only one point on serve in this set and stands potentially one game away from a place in her 10th Wimbledon final.

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Second set: *Williams 6-2, 4-2 Gorges (*denotes next server)

This is the stage when Gorges dropped serve in the first set, and there’s the sense history could be repeating itself when Gorges concedes the first two points, the second with a double fault. 0-30. A fine serve lands bang on the service line, Williams lands the return, but Gorges reels off the winner. 15-30. 30-all. A great get from Gorges but Williams wallops away the winner. 30-40, break point. And Gorges’s attempted drop shot clips the net tape and agonisingly falls back on to her side of the court! Williams is in full charge.

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Second set: Williams 6-2, 3-2 Gorges* (*denotes next server)

15-0, 30-0, 40-0, game Mrs Williams. There’s very little giving on serve at the moment. Williams has won 92% of points when her first serve has gone in.

Updated at 3.51pm BST
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Second set: *Williams 6-2, 2-2 Gorges (*denotes next server)

Williams hasn’t lost a Wimbledon semi-final since 2000 and this would be some turnaround if she was to do so now. Having said that, Gorges is refusing to roll over, and she secures another comfortable hold.

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Second set: Williams 6-2, 2-1 Gorges* (*denotes next server)

However Williams wouldn’t be the first mother to win a grand slam; Kim Clijsters, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Court have done so previously. Meanwhile Gorges steadies herself with a straightforward hold – but Williams, determined not to be upstaged, responds with a love hold of her own.

David Law
The most obvious tennis tweet in the world is one that states ‘Serena Williams, what a player.’

But seriously, Serena Williams, what a player. 6-2, 2-1.

July 12, 2018
Updated at 3.45pm BST
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Second set: Williams 6-2, 1-0 Gorges* (*denotes next server)

Another impressive hold from Williams – this time to 15. She looks so focused out there. This is perhaps her best performance of the tournament. The 2013 champion Marion Bartoli, who knows Williams well, offered an interesting insight into her friend’s mindset a couple of days ago. Bartoli said Williams is determined to win Wimbledon as a mother, to show her daughter, Olympia, how good she is, and also to prove to everyone it’s possible to have a baby and be a grand slam champion. It’s as though she’s not going to let anything – or anyone – stop her.

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Williams wins the first set 6-2
0-15. 0-30. 0-40. Three set points for Williams. A long rally plays out, Gorges decides she’s had enough and attempts to drill a forehand down the line, but it skids wide. From 2-all, Williams has taken four games in a row to secure the set!

Williams wins the first set 6-2.
Williams wins the first set 6-2. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
Updated at 3.38pm BST
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First set: Williams 5-2 Gorges* (*denotes next server)

A few years ago, when Williams was chasing Steffi Graf’s Open era record of grand slams won, she looked rattled at times. But now she’s attempting to draw level with Margaret Court’s all-time record, she seems, well, so serene. Perhaps being a mother helps her put tennis into perspective. But she still has the focus, fight and fierce will to win. Williams charges to the hold and Gorges is staring down the barrel in this first set.

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Very strong start for Serena, up 5-2 on Julia Goerges. #Wimbledon

Super clean playing by both so far:

Goerges: 12 winners, 4 unforced errors.

Serena: 7 winners, 4 unforced errors.

July 12, 2018
Updated at 3.36pm BST
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First set: *Williams 4-2 Gorges (*denotes next server)

A 114mph serve but Williams manages to neutralise it and take the point. 0-15. A wonderful backhand winner on the run