Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber to face Jelena Ostapenko in semi-finals
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|Venue: All England Membership, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July|
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Eleventh seed Angelique Kerber reached the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 6-Three 7-5 win over Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Kerber, the highest-ranked seed left within the girls’s competitors, dominated the primary set as Kasatkina struggled with nerves.
Fourteenth seed Kasatkina, 21, grew in confidence however Kerber got here by to win on her seventh match level.
The German, 30, will face Latvian 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday after she beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4.
Within the different half of the draw, Serena Williams is thru to her 11th Wimbledon semi-final after beating Camila Giorgi in three units and she is going to face Julia Gorges, who beat Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 to succeed in her first Grand Slam semi-final.
After taking the primary set, Kerber broke to go 3-1 up within the second earlier than Kasatkina levelled for 3-Three just for one other double fault to place the German again in management.
The Russian, who thrilled the group with some excellent returns and passing pictures, broke again once more for 4-Four however her opponent replied instantly.
With Kerber serving for a spot within the final 4, Kasatkina earned two break factors with a forehand and levelled the scores earlier than once more failing to carry her serve.
Kasatkina then saved 5 match factors earlier than surviving yet one more due to Hawk-Eye, with Kerber’s lob touchdown simply past the baseline.
The 2016 Wimbledon runner-up lastly secured her place within the semis when Kasatkina’s return discovered the web.
“In fact, it is not really easy since you really feel your nerves,” stated Kerber. “You are feeling you get slightly bit tight, particularly you probably have your third or fourth match level.
“We each performed at a very excessive stage, ranging from the primary level. The final recreation confirmed how good we each performed and the way she was preventing till the top.”
Ostapenko, final 12 months’s French Open champion, already has pedigree on grass and has reached this 12 months’s semi-final with out dropping a set.
She received the junior title in 2014 and was the one Wimbledon quarter-finalist from final 12 months to succeed in the final eight this 12 months.
The Latvian struck 32 winners to simply six from her opponent and Cibulkova, who had received each of their earlier conferences, may do nothing however watch the ball fly previous her and hope her opponent would begin to miss.
Ostapenko did that sufficient within the second set to maintain it aggressive however Cibulkova couldn’t discover a option to disrupt her rhythm and the Latvian clinched victory with a last backhand winner.
“On the French Open a pair weeks in the past I had a lot stress. It is now all gone. I am simply having fun with the second,” stated Ostapenko.
“You play on an enormous court docket, in an important place, on grass, which is considered one of my favorite surfaces. It is simply a lot enjoyable.”
Gorges, who was making her 42nd Grand Slam look, had suffered 5 successive opening-round defeats on the All England Membership earlier than this 12 months.
It’s the first time two German girls have made the semi-finals of a Grand Slam since Steffi Graf and Anke Huber on the 1993 French Open.
Bertens, who was considering retirement final 12 months after dropping her enthusiasm for the game, had overwhelmed five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova on her option to the final eight.
However she failed in her bid to change into the primary Dutchwoman to make the Wimbledon final 4 since Betty Range in 1977.
“I haven’t got many phrases at this time to explain the second I am going by proper now,” stated Gorges. “
“It is fairly unreal for me for the time being to get to that stage at a Grand Slam. It has been clearly at all times a dream for each participant, to be in a semi-final in Wimbledon.”