Kerber reaches closing as Ostapenko self-destructs

Kerber reaches closing as Ostapenko self-destructs


LONDON: Germany’s Angelique Kerber proved too solid for error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her 2nd Wimbledon remaining with a 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday.

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

A tight tussle seemed in save at 3-3 in the first set but when Ostapenko fired a forehand lengthy to drop serve the healthy rapidly ran away from her.

She double-faulted on set point and Kerber, who served well and defended beautifully when required to fend off Ostapenko’s sporadic attacks, accelerated into a 5-1 lead.

Ostapenko abruptly began to land some big blows, clawing lower back a couple of video games and had a point to narrow the deficit to a single sport as Kerber showed late nerves.

But Kerber nipped the healing in the bud and booked a Saturday date again on Centre Court when Ostapenko rammed a forehand wide.

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

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