Wimbledon | Kerber pips Kasatkina
ANGELIQUE Kerber reached her third Wimbledon semi-final by pipping Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5 in a tight, tense and exciting Centre Court showdown.
The 11th seed – the highest left in the draw – needed SEVEN match points to complete a 1hr.22min victory over the preciously talented Russian.
It’s great to be in the semis again. I was expecting a tough match as we had had so many close battles with her Angelique Kerber
The dramatic final game also produced a 25-shot rally and a series of deuces as her opponent refused to go quietly.
German Kerber, a beaten finalist two years ago, said: “It’s great to be in the semis again. I was expecting a tough match as we had had so many close battles with her.
“At the end, we were both playing at a high level. She was moving me around so much. I was just trying to stay focused point by point. Not thinking too much whether it was a match point. I pushed myself to the limit.”
Kerber faces Jelena Ostapenko in the last four, but she said: “I don’t care who I’m playing. I’ll just look forward to it.”
The left-hander took the opening set against the world No.14 with calm authority, breaking her opponent .
She hit seven winners and only produced two unforced errors as versatile 14th seed Kasatkina struggled to discipline her game enough.
Kasatkina has admitted to being a “little crazy”, practising ‘tweeners’ for two hours a day in her living room as a 12-year-old. But she reigned herself in for the opening game of the second to hold.
But her foot slipped as Kerber opened up a 3-1 lead after breaking the Russian.
Her opponent wasn’t done yet and roared back to break Kerber and level.
Yet the inconsistencys in Kasatkina’s game were exposed as she was broken again.
It continued to ebb and flow. Kerber served for the match at 5-4 and was broken. But on her next serve her victory was assured – in the end.