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Kerber books place in a second Wimbledon final

12 July, 2018, 19:58 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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The 23-time major victor is just one title short of matching the legendary Australian's haul of Slam title and she will contest the final at the All England Club for the chance to match her.

For Kerber, it was clear right from the opening game how things were going to go against Ostapenko.

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

Though she composed herself at the start of the second, a drop-shot agonisingly clipped the net before dropping back onto her own side as Williams clinched the break.

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.

Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day.

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Serena Williams remains on course for her eighth Wimbledon singles title after setting up a final against Germany's Angelique Kerber. Williams gave birth to a daughter in September. 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.

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. 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.

Kerber, who spent 34 weeks at world number one in 2016 and 2017, could be set for a rematch with Williams if the seven-time champion can get past Julia Goerges in the second semi-final.

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".

Showing her first sign of nerves Kerber wasted a match point and was broken when she served at 5-1.

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