As it Happened: Serena to meet Kerber in final

Follow the live updates from the day 10 action of Wimbledon 2018. In the women's singles semis, Ostanpenko takes on Kerber and Julia Gorges meets Serena Williams.

Serena Williams moved into the semis after beating Italy's Camila Giorgi.   -  AFP

Follow the LIVE updates from day 10 action of Wimbledon, where the spotlight would be on the two women's singles semifinals.

8:40pm: Broken serve? No problem. Serena Williams makes it 0-40 on Goerges serve but needs just one to close out the match. Goerges forced to lob one and it sails long. Serena Williams wins 6-2, 6-4. MATCH REPORT

8:37pm: Quite an uncharacteristic service game from Serena Williams. Hits a wide shot, then double faults to go 0-30 down. Goerges then comes up with a brilliant forehand down the line to get triple breakpoint opportunity. Goerges BREAKS Serena! Game on. The second set is back on serve now.

8:32pm: Goerges hangs in there with a decent service game. But Serena, who has only lost 10 points on her serve so far, will be serving for the match.

8:30pm: A lob grazes the baseline, hits a backhand winner afer that and follows it up with an seems like mere formality before Serena Williams reaches the final. Williams leads 5-2 and will look to break Goerges to seal the match.

8:25pm: Ever on the prowl, Serena is gunning for that crucial break. Up 0-30 on Goerges serve now. The German manages to get two points back, but commits an unforced error to concede the break. It will be difficult to stop Serena Williams now. She leads 4-2 in the second set.

8:20pm: Second set is on serve so far. Goerges is battling on but Serena isn't conceding an inch on her serve. It's 2-2 so far.

8:10pm: Serena Williams picked pace after the initial start to race to a 6-2 win in the first set. 

7:55pm: Julia Goerges is looking fairly assured. Hard to figure out that this is Gorges’s first grand slam semifinal based on what's on show.

7:35pm: Serena with the serve and takes the first game. A good start for her.

7:30pm: Williams has won all three of their previous meetings without dropping the set. Could we see more of the same today?

Will Kerber face Serena Williams or fellow German Julia Goerges in the final? The players will be out on the Centre Court soon.

6:50pm: She goes on her knees and belches a forehand winner, tries it a second time but find the net. Ostapenko backhand goes wide and Kerber raises her arms in jubiliation. The German is through to final. Final score: 6-3, 6-3.

6:45pm: Ostapenko holds her serve. It's 5-3 for Kerber and she will once again be serving for the match.

6:37pm: Ostapenko's fighting spirit to the fore in this do-or-die game. Two good returns earns her the first break point chance. Kerber saves it the first time, but Ostapenko manages to break with a screaming backhand winner. She stays alive in the contest. 

6:35pm: Ostapenko drops her racquet and screams in frustration after hitting a backhand wide to give Kerber another breakpoint opportunity at 30-40. After a short rally, Ostapenko hits a forehand wide. Kerber will now serve for the match at 5-1.

6:30pm: Signs of intent from the Latvian, goes 15-30 up after some wide chases on either side of the court..But net is proving to her biggest downfall in this set, fails to get the elevation right both the times, finds the net and allows Kerber to win her service game easily.

6:26pm: Error of judgement on an angled forehand from Kerber. Ostapenko gives up chase midway thinking it was going out, but the ball manages to land inside the line. She manages to hold on to her serve, but she can ill-afford such mistakes if wants to get back into the match. Kerber leads 3-1.

6:23pm: Kerber looking calm and assured with her game today. She hasn't had to try very hard to win her points against an error-prone Ostapenko. The Latvian hits the net again and Kerber takes a comfortable 3-0 lead.

6:20pm: 15-40. Double breakpoint opportunity for Kerber. Ostapenko saves one with a down the line winner, but after a weak second serve, Ostapenko finds the net and concedes the break. Kerber 2-0 in the second set.

6:17pm: Desperate Ostapenko trying very hard to get a hold in the second set, reviews a clear out call. Kerber pockets her service game at love.

6:12pm: Ostapenko is struggling with her service games. Ostapenko double faults at breakpoint as Kerber clinches the first set 6-3. It is the first set that Ostapenko has dropped in this tournament.

6:10pm: Kerber coolly gets the break at the first given opportunity in the seventh game of the match. She consolidates by winning her service game to go 5-3 up. Ostapenko will serve to stay in the set.

6:00pm: The first semifinal between Kerber and Ostapenko is under way at the centre court. Kerber starts off by winning the first service game but loses the next two despite having two break points.


Serena Williams may be on the verge of making history at Wimbledon, but the stress-free former champion insists she doesn’t feel under any pressure Williams reached her 35th Grand Slam semi-final with a gritty 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal win over Camila Giorgi.

The American star faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges in the semis hoping to book a 10th final appearance at the All England Club.

Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon winner, was outwardly full of fire as she shrieked her way to victory against the unseeded Italian.

But beneath the surface, the 36-year-old insisted she is feeling unusually calm as she enters the business end of the tournament.