Angelique Kerber clinched her fourth Grand Slam final, the second at Wimbledon after Ostapenko victory
No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber is back into the final at Wimbledon for the second time in three years after unraveling Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets.
Ostapenko, the first Latvian woman to reach Wimbledon semifinals, was also the only player who had yet to drop a set all tournament long. But Kerber stayed steady to see off the big-hitting youngster 6-3, 6-3 in just 69 minutes.
It has been a long struggle back to the top of the game for Kerber. The best of her career was followed by one of the worst.
Beaten by Serena Williams in the final here that same year, Kerber joined Kvitova for most wins this season at 38 and is now a single win away from being the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Graf in 1996. She will move to No.7 or No.8 by reaching the final (depending on Goerges’ performance) and No.4 by lifting the title.
“First of all it was a really tough match and I was trying to move good and take chances,” Kerber said in her post-match interview.
“It’s a great feeling to be back in a final. I’m excited.
“Jelena is always fighting to the last point. I was staying focused on every point. It was tough and I am happy I am through. A really close match.
“I am happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final – this is what I was working towards since I was a kid.
“I am just focusing on my match and myself in the final now.”
It’s not a coincidence that Kerber, who played the fourth most Grand Slam semifinals among active players behind Serena (35), Venus Williams (23) and Maria Sharapova (20), is the lone player to reach at least the quarter-finals stage in each of the Grand Slams this season.
Showing all her tactical brilliance and assurance, she put 89% of her first serves in during the opening set, that she completed with an almost faultless performance, having committed just 2 unforced errors to Ostapenko’s 19.
Kerber could get either Serena Williams – in a rematch of their 2016 final here – or compatriot and good friend Julia Goerges in the final.