Kerber 2-3 Ostapenko in first set

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

Ostapenko entered the semifinal match having yet to lose a set.

The old adage of feel your way in to a match and start solidly does not appear to apply to Ostapenko who put together a insane sequence to start her first Wimbledon semi-final.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion will face Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams won, after the German beat Jelena Ostapenko earlier.

"It is a great feeling to be in the final and playing on the Centre Court is always a great experience and I am really excited", she told the BBC. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great".

The 13th seed looked out of the contest at 5-3 down but she managed to force a gutsy break of serve with Williams serving for the match.

And the first Latvian woman to make the Wimbledon semi-finals was paying the price for more rash mistakes as the match slipped away.

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

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

The 23-time major victor is just one title short of matching the legendary Australian's haul of Slam title and she will contest the final at the All England Club for the chance to match her. She missed the 2017 tournament as she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Jr., who was born on September 1 of that year.

After Kerber had proved too steady for Ostapenko, Williams had too much firepower for Goerges - making her debut in the last four of a Slam - and wrapped up a 6-2 6-4 win in an hour and 10 minutes.

At 36 years and 291 days, Serena hopes to become the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era.

Williams has won 23 Grand Slams, one shy of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 singles Grand Slam titles.

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. She's been excellent this Wimbledon, although it wasn't easy late against the stubborn Ostapenko.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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