Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles victor and seven times at Wimbledon, advanced to Saturday's Wimbledon final with a 6-2, 6-4 win over German Julia Görges on Thursday.
Middleton will watch the gentlemen's final Sunday with Prince William. "It would be really special to win", said the two-time Grand Slam champion.
"I think she's the best player".
Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies. But this time Georges held, and perhaps recognising she had nothing to lose, turned up the aggression to set up three break-points, converting the last with an impressive putaway. Moreover, given the times she has tumbled from the top of the world rankings following tragedy or injury, only to rise again - as she did following the 2003 death of her sister Yetunde, foot surgery in 2010 and a life-threatening pulmonary embolism in 2011 - it's easy to assume Williams's return to world-beating form was a certainty after maternity leave.
Serena Williams swept aside Julia Gorges in straight sets Thursday to book her place in the 2018 Wimbledon final.
Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis in March, but failed to achieve any considerable progress in her first tournaments and struggled to regain decent competitive shape. I didn't think I was going to make it at one point.
'But as I said in the past couple years, I don't want to limit myself.
Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open victor, beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday's early semifinal. She's coming back and for me also I'm coming back from 2017.
Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates defeating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the Wimbledon semifinals. Kerber did not dictate much, content to let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point. Ostapenko: Winners (30), Unforced Errors (36); Kerber: Winners (10), Unforced Errors (7). She has won 23 Grand Slam titles in singles in her career so far, but this one would be different.
After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams was treated for blood clots. I lost count after like four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries, and it was just routine. The German spent 10 hours on court en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal, the most by over two hours of any player left in the draw, and hit a tournament-leading 44 aces surpassing the 300-ace threshold for the second consecutive season. "This was not inevitable for me".
"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".
I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. She's playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches.
But Serena had already made her mark on the tournament this year before she ever stepped foot on Centre Court.
Leading 4-2, Williams powered into a one-set lead, breaking Goerges to love to move ahead. She won here I don't know how many times.
On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky.
"She brings her "A game" in a lot of important moments", Goerges said.
"She's playing so well". There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3.
"Oh, wow. I never thought about that".
For the past 18 years, Smoller has been by Serena Williams's side for nearly every step.