Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Latest: Kerber eases into 2nd Wimbledon final

LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Angelique Kerber advanced to her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jelena Ostapenko.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber made just seven unforced errors as she saw off an early barrage of Ostapenko winners to break twice in the first set.

The pattern continued in the second set as 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko's unforced errors — which totaled 35 by the end of the match — gave Kerber two more breaks of serve for a 5-1 lead.

Playing her first Wimbledon semifinal, 21-year-old Ostapenko rallied to save a match point and break Kerber's serve for the first time, but the German saved a break point as she served out the match at the second attempt.

Kerber lost to Serena Williams in the 2016 final and could face a rematch with the seven-time champion, who is due next on Centre Court against 13th-seeded Julia Goerges.

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1:45 p.m.

Angelique Kerber has won the opening set of her Wimbledon semifinal, 6-3, against Jelena Ostapenko.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber remained solid amid an onslaught of winners and unforced errors from the more aggressive Ostapenko.

The 11th-seeded Kerber, who was the Wimbledon runner-up in 2016, twice broke 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko's serve.

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1:10 p.m.

Jelena Ostapenko has started her first Wimbledon semifinal.

The 2017 French Open champion hasn't lost a set en route to her last-four meeting with two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber.

The youngest remaining player in the draw, 21-year-old Ostapenko was a junior champion at Wimbledon in 2014 and has gone one step further than when she reached the quarterfinals at the All England club a year ago.

The 11th-seeded Kerber is seeking a return to the Wimbledon final and a possible rematch with Serena Williams, who beat the German in the 2016 final.

Seven-time champion Williams will be second on Centre Court when she faces Kerber's compatriot, Julia Goerges, who will be playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.

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12:45 p.m.

Serena Williams will attempt to reach a Grand Slam final for the 12th straight season as she faces Julia Goerges in the Wimbledon semifinals on Thursday.

When Williams took a leave of absence to have her first child soon after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, it appeared her streak might be under threat.

However, the 36-year-old American has quickly found a level of form that has carried her to within two wins of an eighth Wimbledon title.

Williams has every reason to be confident against 13th-seeded Goerges of Germany, who is playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal. Williams has won all three of their previous encounters, with the most recent coming at the French Open last month.

The other semifinal sees two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber take on 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko.

Victories for Williams and Kerber would see a repeat of the 2016 Wimbledon final, which Williams won in straight sets.

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