"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. I had a tough delivery, multiple surgeries.
For 29-year-old Goerges, Thursday's outing was not completely a lost cause because despite the mauling, she had finally made it to a semi-final at one of the four majors - albeit on her 42nd attempt.
A second break allowed her to serve for the win at 5-1 and she had a match point, only for Ostapenko to find her range and stay alive.
The Wimbledon ladies' finals are set to have a double dose of royal glamour this weekend, as the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex are confirmed to be attending the match together on Saturday afternoon. Ostapenko's inability to reset and find consistency cost her dear. I just feel like when I don't have anything to lose, I can just play so free.
"I think she's the best player. It's such a pleasure and a joy [to be in the final] because less than a year ago, I was going through so much". She won here I don't know how many times.
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"A lot of people were saying, 'Oh, she should be in the final, '" the 36-year-old Williams said.
Although her 6-2 6-4 victory over German 13th seed Julia Gorges on Thursday was her first match against a top-50 player at these championships, she has shown enough power, desire and stamina here to answer any questions over the shape she is in. "So do I", Williams said. But this is different.
The Latvian stuck to her guns, continuing to go all out at the start of the second set, but her radar was way off and Kerber quickly opened up a 3-0 lead, with one break of serve. I think that's what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself. That's wildly impressive. Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win. Williams paused, realizing she, too, was getting ahead of herself. "I love watching her play", she said of the tenacious world No.10, adding, "she was going through the draw very well". "So I'm not even there yet".