Sport Kerber reaches final as Ostapenko self-destructs

22:07  12 july  2018
22:07  12 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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By Martyn Herman. LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Angelique Kerber proved too solid for error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday.

Earlier, Kerber raced into her second Wimbledon final and fourth Grand Slam showpiece as the German crushed former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 1 Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final . 2 Kerber reaches Wimbledon final as Ostapenko self - destructs .

a person hitting a ball with a racket: Wimbledon© REUTERS/Toby Melville Wimbledon 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.

A first-ever duel between the two Grand Slam champions with diametrically opposed playing styles ultimately boiled down to a simple mathematical formula.

Young firebrand Ostapenko's 30 winners far outweighed the 10 struck by the wily Kerber but the 36 unforced errors she committed on Centre Court made for an ugly balance sheet.

The 30-year-old Kerber, who offered up only a miserly seven free points, really just had to stay calm and wait for her opponent to self-destruct and Ostapenko fell into the trap.

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Angelique Kerber booked her place in the Wimbledon women’s singles final with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-3 win over the 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko .

It really was a stunning exhibition in stubbornness from Angelique Kerber , not to mention a tactical masterclass to crush the 12th seed, who had previously not dropped a set in reaching the semi- finals . But here Ostapenko dropped two and got precious little on the board herself, having swung wildly

"I was expecting that she is playing like she played from the beginning: really hard, pushing me back," Kerber said.

"I was trying to stay focussed and play every single point because she started really well. Then I was just trying to find my rhythm and take my chances when I had them."

Former world number one Kerber needed only 68 minutes to reach her fourth Grand Slam final in which she will face seven-times champion Serena Williams, who beat her in the 2016 final.

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The Latvian hit 36 unforced errors as the world number 10 reached the Wimbledon final for the second time in three years.

Angelique Kerber raced into her second Wimbledon final as the German crushed former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in just 67 minutes After winning the Australian and US Open titles and reaching the Wimbledon final two years ago, Kerber endured a significant slump in 2017.

Williams dispatched Kerber's compatriot Julia Georges in straight sets with another show of force.

a person hitting a ball with a racket: Wimbledon© REUTERS Wimbledon Kerber can expect less charity in Saturday's showpiece.

The first game on Friday, served by Ostapenko, was a snapshot of what was to come and illustrated just why the 21-year-old has become such a "must see" player on the WTA Tour and why watching American great Billie Jean King describes the Latvian's all-or-nothing style as "so much fun".

CRAZY SEQUENCE

Angelique Kerber hitting a ball with a racket: Wimbledon© REUTERS/Toby Melville Wimbledon The old adage of feel your way in to a match and start solidly does not appear to apply to Ostapenko who put together a crazy sequence to start her first Wimbledon semi-final.

Double fault, forehand winner, backhand error, forehand winner, forehand error, backhand winner, backhand winner, ace.

Kerber was under pressure straight away on her own serve and the match might have taken a different course if Ostapenko had not blazed a forehand long at 30-30 with the court gaping.

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Angelique Kerber of Germany proved too solid for the error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday.

Angelique Kerber beat Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5. Jelena Ostapenko defeated Dominika Cibulkova World No. 11 Kerber , also became the highest seeded woman to reach this year's quarter- finals the gasping crowd with some outrageously talented returns and passing shots only to self - destruct on

The left-hander had to save a break point, too, at 2-3 -- conjuring an ace. But the match turned a game later.

a person hitting a ball with a racket: Wimbledon© REUTERS/Toby Melville Wimbledon Consecutive Ostapenko backhand errors handed 10th seed Kerber the first break and she proceeded to win seven of the next eight games basically by defending well and serving solidly to move into a 5-1 lead in the second set.

Such is the damage Ostapenko can do when her game clicks that even the biggest leads look fragile and, when she suddenly landed some telling blows to claw back two games, a turnaround did not seem out of the question.

Kerber looked worried 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.

a person hitting a ball with a racket: Wimbledon© REUTERS Wimbledon "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. "You never know what happen if it went to 5-4."

Kerber is now back in a Grand Slam title match for the first time since beating Karolina Pliskova in the 2016 U.S. Open final -- having begun that year by stunning Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open.

After suffering a drastic loss of form in 2017, ending the year ranked outside the top 20, a rejuvenated Kerber is back where she feels she clearly belongs.

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