Friday, 13 July 2018

Kerber d Ostapenko - into Wimbledon Final

Day 10 of Wimbledon 2018 was Ladies Semi Final Day, and first up was the match between 2016 finalist Angie Kerber (11) and Jelena Ostapenko (12).

Ostapenko served first and survived a double fault and a break point, hitting four winners, two from each side - 1-0.

Too many errors from Ostapenko and Kerber levelled at 1-1.

Four winners, three from Ostapenko, and 40-15. Backhand errors and deuce.  Game to Ostapenko, an ace clinching it. 2-1

Kerber forced three errors and a German forehand winner was included in a service hold. 2-2.

Forehand errors and 15-30 Ostapenko.  Despite a backhand winner, Ostapenko faced a break point.  Saved.  Ostapenko won the game, the final point a winning backhand.  She led 3-2.

From 40-15, Kerber lost three points through forehand mistakes amd gave a break point to Ostapenko.  Saved with an ace.  Serve held and 3-3.

A backhand Ostapenko winner and 30-0.  Forehand Kerber winner 30-15.  Three successive Ostapenko errors and a break of serve.  Kerber led 4-3.  Two winning forehands from Ostapenko and it was deuce. However, Kerber ultimately consolidated her break, holding for 5-3, an ace finishing the game.

A forehand volley winner from Ostapenko and 30-30. An unforced error and set point for Kerber.  An Ostapenko double fault and Kerber won the opening set 6-3.

An Ostapenko winning volley was swamped by four errors from the same racquet, and Kerber held serve in the opening game of set two.

An Ostapenko forehand winner, and a Kerber backhand winner, surrounded errors from Jelena and 15-40.  Second break point converted 2-0 Kerber.

Four backhands from Ostapenko, one a winner, three mistakes, and Kerber had 40-15.  Another Ostapenko backhand failure and Kerber led 3-0

Kerber hit a winner, but a series of errors, mostly from the backhand, saw Ostapenko hold serve and trail 1-3.

From 15-30, Ostapenko committed three forehand errors and Kerber held serve for 4-1.  

Ostapenko hit a backhand winner, a double fault and an ace for 30-15.  Then three straight errors caused a second service break - Kerber 5-1

From 30-0, Kerber ran into difficulty, saved two break points but not a third, and led 5-2.  Ostapenko hit three backhand winners in the process.

Ostapenko held for 3-5, and Kerber would serve for the match.

Kerber faced a break point at 30-40, but the final three points were Ostapenko errors, and Kerber won the match 6-3 6-3.

Angie Kerber was first into the 2018 Wimbledon Final, and she will be awaiting the winner of Julia Goerges (13) and Serena Williams (25)

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