Angelique Kerber books Wimbledon final place after Ostapenko misfires
Angelique Kerber booked her place in the Wimbledon womens singles final with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-3 win against the 12 th seed Jelena Ostapenko
Angelique Kerber withstood a onslaught of wins from Jelena Ostapenko to defeat the Latvian 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday and claim a place in the Wimbledon final for the second time in three years.
Kerber attained just seven unforced mistakes and despite a late wobble when Ostapenko came at her again, the German was a persuading winner. She will satisfy either the seven-times champion Serena Williams or another German, Julia Grges, in the final on Saturday.
Its such a great feeling to be back in the final, I am really excited, told Kerber, the 11 th seed. It was a really tough match, Jelena is always playing great tennis, always making really hard, I was just trying to move good and take my chances.
Ostapenko, who won her first grand slam title at the French Open last year, began the match in familiar style, going for broke, cracking the ball so hard that at the times the crowd on Centre Court gasped in astonishment. After four games, all of the 13 phases the Latvian had won had been winners, forcing Kerber back at every turn.
But Kerber is made of strong stuff and no one is more resilient , no one a better retriever. Having missed a break phase opportunity in the opening game, she earned the breakthrough in the seventh game, when more outstanding athleticism forced Ostapenko to hit one more shoot, and eventually the 12 th seed missed a backhand.
Kerber held a tight service game to go ahead 5-3 and took the decide when Ostapenko served a double-fault, before racing ahead 3-0 in the second set as the errors flowed from the Latvian. Kerber widened her lead to 5-1 but Ostapenko saved a match point with a monstrous backhand and then broke back moments later.
At that stage Kerber looked nervous. Ostapenko held for 5-3 and had a breakpoint opportunity in the next game, merely to hit her return into the net. Kerber ultimately get over the line when Ostapenkos forehand drifted broad, sending her into a fourth grand slam final, but her first since 2016 having struggled to cope with the pressure last year.
Kerber told 2017 is over and I am really happy about that, adding: I am really happy and proud to be back in a grand slam final. These are the matches I was working for as young kid and its great to be in another final here at Wimbledon.