Serena Williams to face Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon Ladies' final

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

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.

Germany's Angelique Kerber proved too steady for error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great".

Incredibly, with Williams serving for the match, Goerges broke back but it was a mere stay of execution as the mother-of-one broke again to advance to a 10th final.

She will face either seven-times champion Serena Williams or fellow German Julia Georges in the final.

Ostapenko, 21, had admitted she cracked under the strain of defending the French Open title when she lost in the first round last month.

It took Kerber two tries to serve out the victory, getting broken to 5-2.


Kerber won both the Australian Open and US Open in 2016 and will have a chance to win her third Grand Slam title on Saturday.

When the seeds kept tumbling at Wimbledon last week the growing feeling was that the trophy was bound to end up in Serena Williams' arms again for an eighth time at the All England Club. She missed the 2017 tournament as she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Jr., who was born on September 1 of that year.

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".

Goerges is the only one of the four semi-finalists still waiting to win her first Grand Slam title.

The 29-year-old had served more aces (44) and hit more winners (199) than any other player in the first five rounds.

She was, instead, going to employ spectacular defense and solid, steady play, while letting her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, be the one to determine the outcomes of almost every point.

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