Code violation sparks Ostapenko to victory

Dominika Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova

After falling behind 2-5 to Sasnovich - who knocked out Petra Kvitova in the first round - Ostapenko won 11 of the next 12 games to wrap up the win and reach the last-eight at Wimbledon for a second consecutive year.

A nerveless 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Italian Camila Giorgi propelled Williams into 35th major semi-final, where she will face German Julia Goerges.

Ostapenko blasted her way into her first Wimbledon semi-final with a display of power hitting against Dominika Cibulkova.

Latvian history-maker Jelena Ostapenko is within sight of a second grand slam crown in 13 months after surging into the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time. I was just trying to push myself until the limits actually."Kerber is seeded 11th and, after a week of shock defeats for her title rivals, that makes her the highest ranked woman left in the draw".

"I am fighting till the end and it helps me gain more confidence".

No matter, she is in decent form and said after her 6-4, 6-1 win over Hsieh Su-Wei: 'I was just waiting for this one tournament and for all the things to start coming together'. She reached the semifinals of the Australian Open before losing to eventual runner-up Simona Halep and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, a tournament in which she has not performed well throughout her career.

Williams won Wimbledon on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016 before missing last year's event due to her pregnancy.

For the first time in the Open era, not a single top 10 seed has made the quarter-finals at one of the four Grand Slams.

This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points.




"I am OK, I feel good, I feel like I did better today, I had to", she said.

Thirty-third ranked Cibulkova, who has responded in feisty fashion to being bumped out of the seedings by Serena Williams' elevation to 25th, fought her corner in a news conference.

"I feel like I am back, I still have a long way to where I was". I'm just going for the shots. "Sometimes. I'm also complaining because I think it was a wrong call".

The result against No 14 seed Kasatkina never looked in doubt from when Kerber quickly won the first three games of the match.

A hold to love followed and she wrapped up the set before breaking early in the second.

Twice Grand Slam victor Kerber, 30, will next face Latvian 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko in the last four on Thursday after taking an hour and 29 minutes on a distinctly chilly Centre Court.

Asked if she had any sympathy for Hsieh, as replays suggested the Taiwan player deserved to have the point replayed, Cibulkova said: "No".

In the men's singles, Juan Martin Del Potro finally defeated Gilles Simon 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 after a total of 4 hours and 24 minutes, in a match that stretched over two days.

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