Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber Storms Into Second Final As Jelena Ostapenko Misfires

GETTYThe American mother-of-one is bidding to make this her eighth Wimbledon title

The 23-time major victor is just one title short of matching the legendary Australian's haul of Slam title and she will contest the final at the All England Club for the chance to match her.

Goerges, the 13th seed, was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal. "These are the matches I was working for since I was a kid".

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.

For the second time in three years, Williams will face Angelique Kerber for the title. But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide.

United States tennis star Serena Williams has outplayed Julia Görges of Germany 6-2 6-4 to propel herself into the Wimbledon final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter.

Germany's Angelique Kerber proved too solid for error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday.

"It is such a great feeling to be back in the final and to play on Centre Court is always a great experience", said Kerber.

Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber beats Jelena Ostapenko to reach women's final
Goerges, seeded 13th, faces seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final. Williams, asked whether she's felt any pressure during this tournament, said, "This is only my fourth tournament back.

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Though she composed herself at the start of the second, a drop-shot agonisingly clipped the net before dropping back onto her own side as Williams clinched the break.

Times have changed, opponents have come and gone, and Serena Williams keeps vying for Grand Slam titles.

Williams, who missed Wimbledon past year due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016.

At 36 years and 291 days, Serena hopes to become the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era.

Despite making 18 first-set winners compared to only six from Kerber, the 21-year-old also made 19 unforced errors, with Kerber only making two.

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.

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