Angelique Kerber earns spot in Wimbledon final after cruising past Jelena Ostapenko

WIMBLEDON, England — Angelique Kerber will vie for her third career Grand Slam title after ousting 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in the Wimbledon semifinals on Thursday.

The 11th-seeded Kerber only needed 68 minutes to beat Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion.

Kerber captured her first two Grand Slam titles in 2016 — at the Australian Open and U.S. Open. In Australia, she upset Serena Williams for the trophy, becoming the first German woman to win a Grand Slam title since Steffi Graf at the 1999 French Open.

At the time, Kerber’s victory in Melbourne made her only the fourth woman to defeat Williams in a Grand Slam final. Since then, Garbine Muguruza joined the list after beating Williams in the 2016 French Open final.

In New York, Kerber downed Karolina Pliskova to win the U.S. Open.

Kerber also played in the 2016 Wimbledon final, which she lost in straight sets to Williams.

Kerber controlled the match, booking her spot in the final when Ostapenko flailed a forehand wide on the second match point in the match.

Kerber will play the winner Saturday of the semifinal between No. 25 Williams and 13th-seeded Julia Goerges.

 

 

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