Kerber holds nerve on seventh match point to reach Wimbledon semi-finals

Kerber holds nerve on seventh match point to reach Wimbledon semi-finals

Kerber holds nerve on seventh match point to reach Wimbledon semi-finals

Goerges is at the other end of the spectrum, preparing for her maiden major semi-final after also recovering from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1. Ostapenko hit lines as she unloaded her heavy artillery down on Cibulkova, breaking to love. "Finally they did, so I was very happy".

Ostapenko was able to pull one of the breaks back, but was soon in trouble again, staring down four break points.

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Two successive aces, clocked at 103 and 106 miles per hour, gave Ostapenko the first set and she tightened her grip when she ended another flurry of breaks to go 4-2 up in the second.

When play resumed Hsieh battled back to 30-30 but Cibulkova won the game to take the first set and she powered through the second to book a last-eight clash with fellow power-merchant Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

"I was down in the first set but I kept fighting". It was the Latvian who gained the upper hand early with another powerful forehand to take a 2-1 lead.

The Latvian star powered past Dominika Cibulkova into the semis, winning 7-5 6-4. She looks in great shape.

Asked whether she had some sympathy for Hsieh, who did nothing wrong but stick up for herself and the rules, Cibulkova was adamant it was not the Taiwan player who had been wronged.

The Slovakian's patience was tested again when a backhand she struck onto the baseline was called out.

Sasnovich, who upset eighth seed Petra Kvitova in the opening round, won one more game to send the set into a tiebreak which she lost 7-4 on a double fault.

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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.Kerber beat Kasatkina on grass at Eastbourne two weeks ago and again she was in control, finishing off the first set easily before landing an early break in the second.

Even though seeded 25 coming into Wimbledon, the 23-time Grand Slam victor is ranked No.181 on the WTA tour and by beating Giorgi, she became the lowest ranked player to make the semifinal at Wimbledon.

Kerber had this year shown great signs of regaining the form and confidence that slipped in the aftermath of her breakout 2016.

"2017 is over and I don't have to worry about it", Kerber said. But then slowly I got used to the rhythm, started to feel my game. I was not thinking too much about the match points.

"I did ballroom dancing from the age of five to 12", she said.

"But it never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision". I'm just going out there and enjoying it. "I have to be very confident, aggressive, and consistent".

"I was just trying to move good and take my chances".

Kerber, who won the Australian and US Open titles in 2016, will be playing in the seventh Grand Slam semifinal of her career. When she finds it, she'll be a hell of a player.

"I feel like I am back, I still have a long way to where I was".

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