Kerber through to Wimbledon final after easy win over Ostapenko

Wimbledon

Germany's Angelique Kerber proved too steady for error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday.

It may well be only her second Grand Slam appearance since returning from pregnancy, but she still possesses the mental strength of a great champion and after getting six rounds under her belt, her form is now looking back towards her best. Ostapenko's strokes were missing and she grew increasingly frustrated, slapping a thigh after a miss or leaning forward and putting her hands on her knees after others.

The 30-year-old Kerber, who offered up only a miserly seven free points, really just had to stay calm and wait for her opponent to self-destruct and Ostapenko fell into the trap.

"I didn't expect to play this well so quickly into my comeback", she said courtside. I had worked with them for seven years but it was time for a change.

Williams dispatched Kerber's compatriot Julia Georges in straight sets with another show of force.

The final tally told the story: Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7.

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It will be world number 10 Kerber's first Grand Slam final since she won the second of her two major titles at the 2016 US Open.

Double fault, forehand winner, backhand error, forehand winner, forehand error, backhand winner, backhand winner, ace. Her mobility is solid, her serve is incredible, and she's been taken to three sets just once all tournament.

Having dropped a set for the first time in the tournament, former junior Wimbledon victor Ostapenko was broken again in the second game of the second set as Kerber stepped up the pressure.

Five games in, Ostapenko led 3-2, and the numbers were still tilted toward her.

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory.

"It is a great feeling to be in the final and playing on the Centre Court is always a great experience and I am really excited", she told the BBC.

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