Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko set up semi-final clash

first_imgAngelique Kerber and Jelena Ostapenko will go head-to-head against each other in the Wimbledon semi-finals after defeating Daria Kasatkina and Dominika Cibulkova respectively in the quarter-finals.Kerber, who converted her seventh match point to finally beat Kasatkina 6-3 7-5, reached the Wimbledon semis for the third time in her career. Ostapenko on the other hand, became the first Latvian to reach the last four of Wimbledon after her 7-5 6-4 win over Cibulkova.World No. 11 Kerber, also became the highest seeded woman to reach this year’s quarter-finals after all the top 10 seeds were knocked out of the tournament. This is the first time since Wimbledon began seeding players in 1920s that none of the top 10 seeds have reached the last 8 stage.Kerber is a former No. 1 and two-time major champion who was the runner-up at the All England Club two years ago and a semifinalist in 2012.A runner-up in 2016, @AngeliqueKerber has returned with her eyes set on the biggest prize…She beats Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 in a high-quality encounter to reach the #Wimbledon semi-finals pic.twitter.com/gAneXEiMJ7Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018Former world No. 1 Kerber was runner-up two years ago and a semi-finalist in 2012 and was not touted to reach the semis due to her bad run of form. But the two-time major champion, took full advantage of 14th-seeded Kasatkina, who made 31 unforced errors and seven double-faults.Kerber was 3-0 up in the first set before her 21-year-old opponent had time to react.Kasatkina steadied herself to reach 3-4 before she double-faulted on break point and lamely surrendered the game to Kerber, who then served for the set.advertisementThat was to be the story of the match with the Russian delighting the gasping crowd with some outrageously talented returns and passing shots only to self-destruct on serve.Kerber again broke to go 3-1 up in the second set before Kasatkina levelled for 3-3 only for another double fault to put Kerber back in the driving seat.The Russian broke back again for 4-4 but the German replied in kind immediately.With Kerber serving for a place in the last four, Kasatkina earned two break points with a forehand and levelled the scores before again failing to hold her serve and being left on the backfoot.Kasatkina then saved five match points before surviving yet another thanks to Hawkeye, with Kerber’s lob landing just beyond the baseline. The German finally won through to the semis when Kasatkina’s return found the net.The moment @AngeliqueKerber went one step closer to a first #Wimbledon title… pic.twitter.com/9PFcNj8mptWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018OSTAPENKO SCRIPTS HISTORYThirteen months after she captured the world’s attention by winning her first claycourt title at Roland Garros, Ostapenko will now hope to contest her first grasscourt final at the All England Club when she meet’s German 11th seed Angelique Kerber in Thursday’s last four showdown.”I am fighting till the end and it helps me gain more confidence. It’s great to be in the semis,” a beaming Ostapenko said after beating Cibulkova for the first time in three attempts.After more than a week of sizzling 30 degrees Celsius temperatures, the players struggled to find their range on a chilly and blustery Court One, where the ‘feels like’ temperature dipped to around the 14 degrees mark.Into the semi-finals without dropping a setIs a second Grand Slam title on the horizon for @JelenaOstapenk8?#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/UJ0nCMd6doWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018Four of the first five games went against serve before 12th seed Ostapenko’s game finally caught fire in the 11th game when she broke Cibulkova to love with a blazing backhand down-the-line winner.Two successive aces, clocked at 103 and 106 mph, gave the 21-year-old the first set and the 2017 French Open champion tightened her grip on the contest when she ended another flurry of breaks to go 4-2 up in the second.Cibulkova did her best to try and hang on but the Slovakian was left chasing shadows as Ostapenko blasted a backhand winner on her first match point to reach the last four without dropping a set in this year’s tournament.There was no let up from Ostapenko throughout the 82-minute contest as she struck the ball with such ferocity that Cibulkova might have wanted to take cover as she watched 33 crisp winners fly off Ostapenko’s racket while her tally amounted to just six.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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