Angelique Kerber of Germany proved too solid for the error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday.
Kerber, 30, was gifted point after point as Ostapenko’s aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors.
A tight tussle looked in store at 3-3 in the first set but when Ostapenko fired a forehand long to drop serve the match quickly ran away from her.
She double-faulted on set point, and Kerber, who served well and defended superbly when required to fend off Ostapenko’s sporadic attacks, accelerated into a 5-1 lead.
Ostapenko suddenly began to land some big blows, clawing back a couple of games and had a point to narrow the deficit to a single game as Kerber showed late nerves.
But Kerber nipped the recovery in the bud and booked a Saturday date back on Centre Court when Ostapenko rammed a forehand wide.
She will face either seven-time champion Serena Williams or her fellow German Julia Georges in the final.
“I think it was a really tough match,” Kerber said. “I was just trying to move good and take my chances. It’s such a great feeling to be back in the final. I’m really excited.”
Kerber lost the final to Williams two years ago.