Angelique Kerber beats Jelena Ostapenko to reach Wimbledon final

 Angelique Kerber is back in the Wimbledon final. Who she will face still is to be determined.

Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion, routed 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 Thursday on Centre Court at the All England Club.

"It's such a great feeling to be back in the finals," Kerber said after the match. "I'm really excited."

Ostapenko
entered the semifinal match having yet to lose a set. That streak came to an end fairly quickly as Kerber remained solid, making just seven unforced errors in the first set amid an onslaught of winners and unforced errors from the more aggressive Ostapenko.

The pattern continued in the second set as Ostapenko's unforced errors -- which totaled 35 by the end of the match -- gave Kerber two more breaks of serve for a 5-1 lead.

Playing her first Wimbledon semifinal, Ostapenko, 21, rallied to save a match point and break Kerber's serve for the first time, but the German saved a break point as she served out the match at the second attempt.

The 11th-seeded Kerber, vying to become the first German champion at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf (1996), was the Wimbledon runner-up in 2016, losing to Serena Williams.

Williams, a seven-time champion, will provide Kerber with a rematch if she can get past Julia Goerges, Kerber's compatriot who will be playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.




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