Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Serena Williams closes in on Margaret Court's record with 10th Wimbledon final

Serena Williams closes in on Margaret Court's record with 10th Wimbledon final

The old adage of feel your way in to a match and start solidly does not appear to apply to Ostapenko who put together a insane sequence to start her first Wimbledon semi-final.

A first-ever duel between the two Grand Slam champions with diametrically opposed playing styles ultimately boiled down to a simple mathematical formula.

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.

Title favourite Serena, seeded 25th, has won nine of her 10 previous Wimbledon semi-finals. Ostapenko threw four more errors into her next service game to hand the German the first set.

Williams is set to face another German player in the final, 11th-seed Angelique Kerber, who also booked a spot in the decisive match beating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in her respective semifinal.

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The 36-year-old, who will be in her first final at the majors since giving birth to daughter Olympia last year, can equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slam titles if she beats Kerber in what will be a repeat of the 2016 final at the All England Club.

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

The left-handed Kerber was mainly a passive participant in the early going against Ostapenko. With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won. She had 14 winners and 10 unforced errors, while Kerber had three winners and - this was key - zero unforced errors. The Latvian plays an aggressive brand of first-strike tennis that carried her to the 2017 French Open title as an unseeded 20-year-old. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed.

The former world number one then capitalised on more poor play from Ostapenko, breaking her serve at the first time of asking in the second set and again in the sixth game.

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.

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