Wimbledon semi-final: Jelena Ostapenko v Angelique Kerber – live!

by Theguardian

Tennis
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12.01pm BST

Hello and welcome to our coverage of women’s semi-finals day. If you’re reading this in England, just hearing the word “semi-finals” may be enough to make you wince, weep and hit the back button on your browser … but wait! Given the fact the All England Club has been doing a fine job over the past fortnight of preventing the World Cup from infiltrating Wimbledon, this may be the best place for you. Just stick your head in the sand – or more accurately the grass – and pretend last night didn’t happen. Consider this your refuge, with added Pimm’s and strawberries and cream.

Not that Wimbledon has been a safe place for the women’s top seeds over the past fortnight. The pre-tournament favourite, Petra Kvitova, the defending champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, and the world No 1, Simona Halep were among the names to depart in the first week and, by Monday, the last of the top-10 seeds was out. Wimbledon had never seen anything like it. Yet for all the upsets, this is hardly a scratch semi-final line-up. Three former grand slam champions have calmly emerged from the chaos: Angelique Kerber, who is playing close to the level she was when she won the Australian and US Opens in 2016; Jelena Ostapenko, last year’s French Open champion who is yet to drop a set here; and a certain Serena Williams, who 10 months after giving birth to her daughter, stands two wins away from equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slam titles. History may have eluded Roger Federer this fortnight but there’s a sense it’s not about to bypass Williams.

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