By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Angelique Kerber [11] def. Jelena Ostapenko [12] 6-3 6-3
  • Kerber, highest seed standing, into second Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON, UK – Angelique Kerber can truly banish the horror of 2017 as she is onto a second Wimbledon final since winning the US Open in 2016

 

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Angelique Kerber [11] def. Jelena Ostapenko [12] 6-3 6-3

Angelique Kerber, the highest seed left in the draw, reached a second Wimbledon final as she dominated former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. In an encounter that many believed would be more challenging, the German looked to put pressure on Ostapenko straight away, causing the Latvian to save a break point in her first round.

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Just as Ostapenko leaned on Kerber with a break point chance of her own, Kerber responded with two breaks in succession to rapidly wrap up the first set. From there it looked like she as in cruise control. Kerber swiftly broke for a 3-0 lead, adding a double break cushion to the mix.

That would serve her well as Ostapenko saved a match point on the way to breaking Kerber as she served out for the match the first time. She came close to doing it again, but this time there was no mistake as Kerber notched up a fourth Slam final, and a second tilt at the Wimbledon title.

“I think I cannot compare this year with 2016 or ’17. I’m really proud to being back in the Wimbledon final after especially last year where things weren’t like I was supposed, like, expecting actually.

“To being here again, that was, yeah, a goal when I start this year, you know, to playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reaching the finals again. It’s a great feeling. It’s still one more match to go. But, yeah, I think for me it’s great.

“I see a champion, that’s for sure. I mean, Serena is one of the best players in the world. I mean, we had so many great matches in the last years. To seeing her back, it’s great. Yeah, I know that she is always pushing you to the limits to play your best tennis. This is the only chance to beat her.”

The Ladies’ final will take place on Saturday.

 

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