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Ostapenko first Latvian woman in Wimbledon semis

Ostapenko first Latvian woman in Wimbledon semis

Ostapenko won 7-5, 6-4 over Cibulkova.

A Wimbledon semi-final debut awaits last year's French Open champion.

Indeed she was one of only five players in WTA history to have multiple wins over world No1s before her 21st birthday.

Kerber, who won the Australian and US Open titles in 2016, will be playing in the seventh Grand Slam semifinal of her career.

The left-hander had to save a break point, too, at 2-3 - conjuring an ace.

After seven minutes, the decision was finally changed and the point replayed.

"I don't want to talk about it because I would get really upset and angry about that, because it was ridiculous what happened there", Cibulkova told reporters. "I think it's super exciting". Daria Kasatkina played her part, but Angelique Kerber had the final say. Is it my fault you don't remember if she hit the net or if she put it on my side?

"It doesn't matter. The call was after when she played the ball".

Her experienced made the difference today as she punished the inconsistent Russian youngster Kasatkina in straight sets.

"She's playing with no fear".

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Most intriguing of all, these two had met six times before, twice already this year, and they had split the results. (In) 2014, I played a good tournament. "I had no sympathy because it's just about the chair umpire. Now I know what I have to do on court, but also off court". Ostapenko hit lines as she unloaded her heavy artillery down on Cibulkova, breaking to love.

"For me it's really normal". "When I have opportunity in my matches, I'm just going for the winners".

"I'm really happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final".

When a panicked Goerges error wrapped up the first set, Serena's dominance was so total that the American, whose emotions are usually on full display, barely acknowledged the moment. "I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said. "Maybe she's exhausted and she don't see the ball", she said.

Williams only returned to competitive singles tennis in March following the birth of her daughter but has nevertheless been the player to beat here.

Thursday's other semi-final will also feature a German, two-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber, against 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Ostapenko was given a code violation for receiving coaching while beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 7-6 (4), 6-0.

Serena Williams extended her unbeaten run at Wimbledon to 19 matches, coming from behind to beat unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4. "It's an honour to share the court with her", Goerges said after booking her last-four spot.

"It's great to see him doing this well because I think he's such a talented player and he can play on a very high level", Ostapenko said of Gulbis. "I'm hoping I can channel that all the time, but one day at a time".

In a testament to her remarkable longevity, the former world number one has now made at least one Grand Slam final for the last 12 years.


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