Just like in 2016, the Wimbledon final will feature Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams. Then, Serena won 7-5 6-3 and ever since they haven’t faced each other, mostly because the American was absent because of pregnancy. Serena will be playing her 10th Wimbledon final (third consecutive!), trying to win her eighth title in London.
In the first women’s semifinal on Friday, Kerber eliminated fellow Grand Slam champion Jelena Ostapenko, who was playing her maiden Wimbledon semifinal, 6-3 6-3. Already after the first five games of the match, the 12th-seeded Ostapenko’s count of unforced errors was 11, compared to Kerber’s only 1. Those stats speak about the Latvian’s aggressive style, but this time she didn’t manage to counterbalance the errors with winners, as Kerber’s winners-to-unforced-errors differential when the match completed was +3 compared to Ostapenko’s -6.
Games went with serve until the seventh game of the first set, when seed No.11 Kerber broke Ostapenko, held on to that lead and continued the momentum in the second set, going 3-0 up, and then 5-1. Ostapenko saved a match point in the seventh game of the second set and gained one break back, but it was not sufficient to defeat the two-time Grand Slam champion from Germany.
In the second women’s semifinal, the 25th-seeded Williams was imperious on serve against Julia Goerges all the way until serving for the match at 5-3 in the second set, when the German 13th seed earned her first break points of the match, converting her third one to try to stay alive, but the German wasn’t capable of holding her serve in the following game and Williams triumphed 6-2 6-4 in one hour and ten minutes.