Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Wimbledon 2018 -- Angelique Kerber advances to final

Wimbledon 2018 -- Angelique Kerber advances to final

After Kerber had her serve broken in the second set, Ostapenko powered back to take another game, but Kerber was able to complete the sweep when Ostapenko fired two serves back into the net and returned the final volley outside the lines on match point. She was not going to dictate or control much.

It will be world number 10 Kerber's first Grand Slam final since she won the second of her two major titles at the 2016 US Open.

Williams and Kerber faced off in the Wimbledon final in 2016, where Williams beat Kerber 7-5, 6-3.

"I know she played a lot of good matches where she came back from a score like that, when she has nothing to lose", Kerber said.

Kerber has already made the semifinal of the Australian Open and the quarterfinal of the French Open this year.

Five games in, Ostapenko led 3-2, and the numbers were still tilted toward her.

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Williams, who missed Wimbledon past year due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold.

The Latvian stuck to her guns, continuing to go all out at the start of the second set, but her radar was way off and Kerber quickly opened up a 3-0 lead, with one break of serve.

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. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed.

The 30-year-old was gifted point after point as Ostapenko's aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors.

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.

Germany's Angelique Kerber in action during the women's semifinal match against Jelena Ostapenko at the Wimbledon 2018 tennis championship in London on July 12, 2018.

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