Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Wimbledon 2018: Serena to face Kerber in final

Wimbledon 2018: Serena to face Kerber in final

Kerber, 30, accelerated into a comfortable 5-1 in the second before Ostapenko clawed back a couple of games by landing some big blows, but the German nipped the recovery in the bud to get the job done in 68 minutes and reach her fourth major final.

"I'm really happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final".

Williams was back giving the crowd a one-arm raised victory twirl after reaching a 10th Wimbledon final after her opponent swiped a lob behind the baseline.

Last year, Williams took a break from competitive sport, announcing her pregnancy shortly after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open.

She could find herself up against Williams yet again: The 36-year-old American was scheduled to face No. 13 Julia Goerges of Germany in Thursday's second semifinal on Centre Court.

She will vie for her eighth Wimbledon title against German Angelique Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 Wimbledon final, which Williams won in straight sets.

"It's such a great feeling to be back in the finals", Kerber said after the match.

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

Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day.

However, the 14 errors meant that Kerber, at the third attempt, broke to lead 4-3. 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. Ostapenko's strokes were missing and she grew increasingly frustrated, slapping a thigh after a miss or leaning forward and putting her hands on her knees after others.

Eventually, Kerber's style ruled the day.

Kerber didn't have her serve broken once in the first set and defied a crowd that was very pro-Ostapenko towards the end of the match.

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.

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory.

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