AAP Tennis

Kerber storms into second Wimbledon final

By AAP Newswire

Former world No.1 Angelique Kerber is a win away from a third grand slam crown after storming into her second Wimbledon final in three years.

Clashing for the first time, Kerber saw off misfiring 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 in Thursday's first women's semi-final at The All England Club.

Runner-up to Serena Williams in 2016, the German only needed 68 minutes to advance as Ostapenko's fearless hit-or-miss failed spectacularly on the sport's biggest stage.

Kerber struck just 10 winners to Ostapenko's 30, but that was more than enough as Latvia's 2017 French Open champion sprayed Centre Court with 36 unforced errors.

A decade older than Ostapenko, 31-year-old Kerber's experience and patient waiting game paid rich dividends as the 2016 Australian Open and US Open winner only offered up seven mistakes from her end.

Kerber's only setback came when she was unable to serve the match out at 5-1 in the second set as Ostapenko made one last stand.

"Jelena is always a tough player and fights until the last point. I was just trying to move good and take my chances," Kerber said.

"I was just trying to say focused. It's quite tough but I'm happy that I'm through a really close match.

"It's such a great feeling to be back in the final and to play on the centre court is always a great feeling, a great experience and I'm really excited."

All up, Kerber broke Ostapenko four times to earn herself either another crack at Williams for the title on Saturday or the first all-German women's grand slam final in 87 years against 13th seed Julia Goerges.

Regardless of her opponent, the left-hander will be playing her first major final in almost two years after slumping down the rankings and outside the top 10 in 2017.

"2017 is over and I'm glad about that," Kerber said.

"I'm really happy and proud to be back in a grand slam final. It is is the match I was working towards as a young kid."