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Wimbledon 2018, Women's Singles, Semifinal: Jelena Ostapenko vs Angelique Kerber, Live Match Updates

Kerber def Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 to reach her second Wimbledon final
Updated: 12 July 2018 18:43 IST - Published: 12 July 2018 16:51 IST
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That wraps up our live coverage of this match. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates from the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Goodbye!
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And it is great to see her former World No. 1 back in a Grand Slam final again 21 months after she won the US Open in 2016.
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Kerber started the 2018 season in scintillating fashion. Everybody expected her to go all the way at the Australian Open. She very much looked unstoppable until losing to the eventual champion, Caroline Wozniacki in a tight three-set semi-final, where she had a match point.

Despite losing her way for the next couple of months, Kerber showed signs of resurgence at the French Open and reached the quarter-finals. It was a big indication of her revival. And now she has gone a step further to reach her first Major final of the year.
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Kerber is through to her second final at Wimbledon. She was a runner-up to Serena Williams here two years ago.

And we could very well have a repeat of the 2016 final if Serena beats Julia Georges in the other semi-final today.
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This time Ostapenko's forehand crumbles and KERBER WINS THE MATCH 6-3, 6-3 IN JUST 1 HOUR 7 MINUTES.
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Ostapenko's backhand problems return and Kerber has a match point
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It's deuce on the Kerber serve as she serves for the match a second time
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Ostapenko has clearly raised her level now...no more hesitant in her approach.

She easily holds her serve and has also made it 30-30 on Kerber's serve.

How long will the fightback last?
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Ostapenko unleashes venom towards the fag end of this match and gets HER FIRST BREAK!

She now trails 2-5 and will hope to keep the fight going


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Under pressure, Ostapenko's forehand gives way.

Kerber gets yet another BREAK AND GOES UP TO 5-1.

SHE WILL NOW SERVE FOR A PLACE IN THE FINAL!!!!
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Kerber continues to attack the Ostapenko backhand relentlessly. And she gets rich dividends.

Kerber has yet another break point in hand.
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Ostapenko upped the intensity on her returns and made it 30-30 on the Kerber serve. However, her backhands once more failed to come to her rescue when it mattered the most and Kerber gets to hold her serve.

The German is up 4-1
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Ostapenko gets on the board and she now trails Kerber 1-3
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And the German consolidates the break with a very comfortable service game to go up to 3-0.
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Ostapenko's backhand has been yielding some very easy points to Kerber today. It breaks down under pressure again and Kerber now leads by a set and a break.

Kerber up 2-0 in the second set
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Second set

Kerber continues from where she left. She makes a bright start to the second set as she holds her serve to 15

1-0 to Kerber
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After letting her first couple of break points go, Kerber made good use of her next few break points.

Can she continue the momentum in the second set?
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Kerber BREAKS again and gets hold of the first set at 6-3
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Kerber passes a stern test after her service game got stretched to deuce.

She comes through and is now one game away from wrapping up this set.

5-3
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Kerber's persistence finally paid off. Ostapenko's backhand crumbled under pressure and she finally concedes the break.

Kerber up 4-3
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Still no service breakthrough between the two.

Kerber holds serve and they are tied at 3-3
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Kerber squandered a couple of break points and let the Latvian hold her serve.


Ostapenko goes up to 3-2
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Kerber now has a break point on the Ostapenko serve. Can she break?
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After a tight battle, Ostapenko does indeed hold.

She leads 2-1
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