Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber beats Jelena Ostapenko to reach women's final

Angelique Kerber

Serena Williams advanced to her 10th Wimbledon final after easing past Julia Goerges and will get a shot at equalling Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record.

This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points.

"These are the matches I was working for as a young kid", Kerber said, "and to stand here again in the final at Wimbledon is great".

Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and U.S. Open.

"I am really happy and proud to be back in the grand slam final".

Facing the mighty Williams woman will be her toughest task of her comeback plan and Goerges, who has climbed to 10th in the world this year and has earned over $7m in her career, said: "I haven't allowed myself to think about it". With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won.

Williams, who missed Wimbledon a year ago due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016.


The left-handed Kerber was mainly a passive participant in the early going against Ostapenko.

Ostapenko suddenly began to land some big blows, clawing back a couple of games and had a point to narrow the deficit to a single game as Kerber showed late nerves. The Latvian plays an aggressive brand of first-strike tennis that carried her to the 2017 French Open title as an unseeded 20-year-old.

Eventually, Kerber's style ruled the day.

A tight tussle looked in store at 3-3 in the first set but when Ostapenko fired a forehand long to drop serve the match quickly ran away from her. She has won Wimbledon seven times, including the last two times she played the event in 2015 and 2016.

Despite making 18 first-set winners compared to only six from Kerber, the 21-year-old also made 19 unforced errors, with Kerber only making two.

Showing her first sign of nerves Kerber wasted a match point and was broken when she served at 5-1.

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