Serena Williams into 10th Wimbledon final

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

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.

This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points.

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

"It is a great feeling to be in the final and playing on the Centre Court is always a great experience and I am really excited", she told the BBC.

Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and US Open.

Title favourite Serena, seeded 25th, has won nine of her 10 previous Wimbledon semi-finals.

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Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day. She missed the 2017 tournament as she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Jr., who was born on September 1 of that year. That came to an end fairly quickly as Kerber remained solid amid an onslaught of winners and unforced errors in the first set from the more aggressive Ostapenko.

However, the 14 errors meant that Kerber, at the third attempt, broke to lead 4-3.

There were no drawn-out points in the early going, no lengthy baseline exchanges, essentially because Ostapenko wouldn't allow it. Ostapenko's strokes were missing and she grew increasingly frustrated, slapping a thigh after a miss or leaning forward and putting her hands on her knees after others. On the way to the last-four, she's dropped one set - against Camila Giorgi - in the quarterfinal.

Having dropped a set for the first time in the tournament, former junior Wimbledon victor Ostapenko was broken again in the second game of the second set as Kerber stepped up the pressure.

The 29-year-old had served more aces (44) and hit more winners (199) than any other player in the first five rounds.

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