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

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 12, 2018 13:13 GMT

Kerber def Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 to reach her second Wimbledon final


13:13 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

That wraps up our live coverage of this match. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates from the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.


13:13 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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.

13:11 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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.

13:08 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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.

13:06 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

This time Ostapenko's forehand crumbles and KERBER WINS THE MATCH 6-3, 6-3 IN JUST 1 HOUR 7 MINUTES.

13:06 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Ostapenko's backhand problems return and Kerber has a match point

13:05 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

It's deuce on the Kerber serve as she serves for the match a second time

13:05 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Ostapenko has clearly raised her level 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?

13:01 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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

12:55 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Under pressure, Ostapenko's forehand gives way.

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


12:53 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Kerber continues to attack the Ostapenko backhand relentlessly. And she gets rich dividends.

Kerber has yet another break point in hand.

12:51 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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

12:48 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Ostapenko gets on the board and she now trails Kerber 1-3

12:42 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

And the German consolidates the break with a very comfortable service game to go up to 3-0.

12:41 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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

12:38 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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

12:45 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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?

12:44 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Kerber BREAKS again and gets hold of the first set at 6-3

12:39 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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.


12:37 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

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

Kerber up 4-3

12:34 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Still no service breakthrough between the two.

Kerber holds serve and they are tied at 3-3

12:30 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Kerber squandered a couple of break points and let the Latvian hold her serve.

Ostapenko goes up to 3-2

12:28 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Kerber now has a break point on the Ostapenko serve. Can she break?

12:20 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

After a tight battle, Ostapenko does indeed hold.

She leads 2-1

12:18 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Ostapenko had two game points but a couple of unforced errors off her backhand have made it deuce

12:16 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

When the 11th and the 12th seeds face each other, you expect it to be no less than a Titanic battle.

12:16 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

The players have made a good start to this match.

Both held serve and are now locked at 1-1

11:22 (GMT)12 JUL 2018

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Wimbledon Championships! 

We're down to the business end of Wimbledon, as the women's singles semifinals get underway at the Centre Court today.

In the first of these semifinals, Latvian sensation Jelena Ostapenko is set to face off against Angelique Kerber of Germany, as the two vie for a spot in the title clash on Saturday.

21-year-old Ostapenko has had a brilliant tournament, where she has not yet dropped a set against any of her opponents, in her run till the semifinals. The Latvian has defeated the likes of Katy Dunne of Britain, Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, Vitala Diatchenko of Russia, Aliaksandra Sasnovic of Russia, and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

Meanwhile, Kerber has had one small hiccup on the road against USA's Claire Liu in the second round, where she dropped a set. Other than this, she has also had a near-spotless record.
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