Ostapenko couldn't keep her furocious play up against Angelique Kerber the N0 11th seed from Germany. Seeing her play in her quarter final match and sweeping Cibulkova aside you would have put money on her doing the same against Kerber but the play wasn't there. Kerber throughout the match just kept her composure and went along for the ride. This was the first time the pair had met so new territory for both of them. Many breaks of Ostapenko's serve Kerber swept right in and continued to pile on the pressure to which Ostapenko had no reply. Kerber won in straight sets.
In one way, Serena Williams is a new version of the one that’s claimed seven ladies’ singles titles at Wimbledon.
Having become a mother to daughter Olympia since the last of those victories in 2016, the prolific American explains that “being a mom is totally different.”
But the new Serena is also the old Serena, as Julia Goerges discovered to her peril. With a 6-2, 6-4 victory over the German No.13 seed, Williams progressed to a 10th final at the All England Club and created the opportunity to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles when she meets Angelique Kerber on Saturday.
Already, it’s an astonishing Fortnight for the 36-year-old Williams in her 18th main draw appearance at Wimbledon. Contesting only her fourth Tour event since giving birth 10 months ago, the world No.181 was the lowest-ranked woman in the Open era to reach a semi-final at Wimbledon. This match marked only the 13th since she returned to the Tour four months ago.
“It’s crazy I don’t even know to feel because I literally didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months,” the delighted Williams commented.
Entering her 11th semi-final at Wimbledon, Serena had reminded media she is “always striving for perfection” as she explained that progress so far had required a series of steady improvements. “There's a lot of things that I don't know if you can tell, but I really need to work on,” she noted.
Goerges wouldn’t have known it as she felt the sting of those improvements. Contesting her first Grand Slam semi-final at age 29 after five straight first-round losses at Wimbledon, the German was a vastly less experienced competitor at this stage of a major.
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt