Wimbledon 2018: Twelfth seed Jelena Ostapenko barrels through Dominika Cibulkova to reach semi-finals

Jelena Ostapenko got the better of Dominika Cibulkova in the Wimbeldon quarter-finals to set up a clash against German Angelique Kerber in the semi-final. Kerber and Ostapenko are the two highest seeded players left in the Women's Singles.

Reuters July 10, 2018 23:22:44 IST
Wimbledon 2018: Twelfth seed Jelena Ostapenko barrels through Dominika Cibulkova to reach semi-finals

London: Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals after she subdued Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4 on Tuesday.

Wimbledon 2018 Twelfth seed Jelena Ostapenko barrels through Dominika Cibulkova to reach semifinals

Jelena Ostapenko beat Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets to set up a match against Angelique Kerber. AP

After more than a week of sizzling 30 degrees Celsius temperatures, the players struggled to find their range on a chilly and blustery Court One, where the ‘feels like’ temperature dipped to around the 14 degrees mark. Four of the first five games went against serve before 12th seed Ostapenko’s game finally caught fire in the 11th game when she broke Cibulkova to love with a blazing backhand down-the-line winner.

Two successive aces gave the 21-year-old the first set and the 2017 French Open champion tightened her grip on the contest when she ended another flurry of breaks to go 4-2 up in the second. Cibulkova did her best to try and hang on but the Slovakian was left chasing shadows as Ostapenko blasted a backhand winner on her first match point to reach the last four without dropping a set in this year’s tournament.

She will meet German 11th seed Angelique Kerber for a place in Saturday’s final.

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