Wimbledon 2018: Serena to face Kerber in final

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

Serena Williams remains on course for her eighth Wimbledon singles title after setting up a final against Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Kerber, 30, accelerated into a comfortable 5-1 in the second before Ostapenko clawed back a couple of games by landing some big blows, but the German nipped the recovery in the bud to get the job done in 68 minutes and reach her fourth major final.

"I didn't expect to play this well so quickly into my comeback", Williams said after the match.

Kerber has already made the semifinal of the Australian Open and the quarterfinal of the French Open this year.

Serena Williams is back, for real.

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While it's unfair on the other players to merely write off their chances of challenging Williams, it's also slightly arbitrary to say the American can sweep all in her path given it is only her second grand slam since returning from maternity leave with her daughter still not a year old.

She was, instead, going to employ spectacular defense and solid, steady play, while letting her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, be the one to determine the outcomes of almost every point. With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won. She missed the 2017 tournament as she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Jr., who was born on September 1 of that year. She had 14 winners and 10 unforced errors, while Kerber had three winners and - this was key - zero unforced errors.

There were no drawn-out points in the early going, no lengthy baseline exchanges, essentially because Ostapenko wouldn't allow it.

Kerber, in contrast, bides her time, working the back of the court to get everything back over the net, often kneeling to get low enough to reach shots. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed.

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory. She has won Wimbledon seven times, including the last two times she played the event in 2015 and 2016.

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