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Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber to meet Jelena Ostapenko in the semifinals

Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber to meet Jelena Ostapenko in the semifinals

Even though seeded 25 coming into Wimbledon, the 23-time Grand Slam victor is ranked No.181 on the WTA tour and by beating Giorgi, she became the lowest ranked player to make the semifinal at Wimbledon.

It worked. The 11th-seeded Kerber reached her second final at the All England Club by avoiding too many mistakes and using a seven-game run to seize control for a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded Ostapenko on Thursday.

Julia Goerges advanced to her first Wimbledon semifinal with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens.

After all the kerfuffle of the seeding, the scrappiness and fight from Dominika Cibulkova finally petered out at the hands of Ostapenko who is hitting free having unencumbered herself from the burden of defending a Slam title in the first round of the French Open this time around.

Ostapenko's shock first-round loss to Kateryna Kozlova at Roland Garros in May saw her drop out of the top-10.

"I was down in the first set but I kept fighting".

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"I don't know. Just stay tuned, right?" she said.

That tunnel vision allowed the 30-year-old to become the only woman to reach at least the quarter-finals in all three of this year's majors.

Kerber and Ostapenko have never clashed before but the showdown ensures a grand slam champion will make the final.

"It never happened to me in my career that the umpire changed the decision".

Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi-final.

Angelique Kerber and Jelena Ostapenko will meet for the first time in the semi-finals at Wimbledon, after two fascinating encounters on Tuesday at the All England Club. "I didn't feel any pressure, any fear", she said. My coach wants me to go for the shots. The crowd wanted to see a decider but Kerber, the main contender for the title besides Serena Williams according to Kim Clijsters, helped Kerber to broke her to 2-1 in the second with a couple of unforced errors.

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However, a huge missed opportunity to break in the second proved the turning point and Williams hit the accelerator, outgunning Giorgi in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph that edges her closer to the final and a record-tying 24th slam.

Kerber served for the set, only to be broken once more, but in the 11th game, Kasatkina tried one drop shot too many, Kerber tracked it down for the victor and broke again, 6-5.

Sasnovich, who upset eighth seed Petra Kvitova in the opening round, won one more game to send the set into a tiebreak which she lost 7-4 on a double fault.

In a match that featured eight breaks of serve - four in the first five games - Ostapenko was able to elevate her game in the crucial moments.

It would take 10 minutes to determine the answer, as time and again Kasatkina faced match point-there would be seven-and brought it back to deuce with some quite magical shot-making.

Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand.

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