USA 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.
Incredibly, with Williams serving for the match, Goerges broke back but it was a mere stay of execution as the mother-of-one broke again to advance to a 10th final.
Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and U.S. Open.
Williams is playing in her fourth tournament and her second Grand Slam since missing more than a year with her pregnancy, but you'd never know it looking at her. With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won. She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it previous year while pregnant.
Young firebrand Ostapenko's 30 winners far outweighed the 10 struck by the wily Kerber but the 36 unforced errors she committed on Centre Court made for an ugly balance sheet. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold.
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There were no drawn-out points in the early going, no lengthy baseline exchanges, essentially because Ostapenko wouldn't allow it.
Eventually, Kerber's style ruled the day. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed.
Kerber didn't have her serve broken once in the first set and defied a crowd that was very pro-Ostapenko towards the end of the match.
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.
The 29-year-old had served more aces (44) and hit more winners (199) than any other player in the first five rounds.