The Wimbledon women’s semifinals will be played this Thursday, and needless to say that they promise to be high quality matches. After all, despite the quick and massive exodus of the top 10, the remaining players are respectively seeded 11th, 12th, 13th, and 25th. We need no further proof of the depth of the draw at this point.
Consistency vs first time Wimbledon semifinalist
The first semifinal will be the first ever clash between (11) Angelique Kerber and (12) Jelena Ostapenko.
For the 30-year-old German, it will be a first quarter-final or better at Wimbledon since her runner-up finish, in 2016. After a 2017 way below par following her two Grand Slam titles and Wimbledon final the year before, Kerber is back to her consistent, winning ways. This season, she reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, the quarter-finals of the French Open, and now, semifinals or better.
On the other side of the net will be the 21-year-old Latvian, who will play the first semifinals of her career at SW19. Powerful on all sides, she has the game to shine on grass, and she is showing it again this season (she was a quarter-finalist last year). However, she is capable of the best… as she is capable of the worst.
For this match, we give a slight edge to Kerber, who has more experience in such situations. Nevertheless, we cannot count Ostapenko out until the last point.
A first timer against a tennis great
The second semifinal will be a battle between (13) Julie Goerges and (25) Serena Williams. Williams leads the head-to-head 3-0, their last encounter coming at the French Open, last month. Furthermore, the youngest of the Williams sisters has never dropped a set against Goerges.
For the 29-year-old German, it will be a first career appearance in a Major’s final four. The surprise, in her case, is that it came at the Grand Slam in which she has never had her best results.
The 13th seed’s rival will be an habituée of those last rounds: 23-time singles Grand Slam champion (including seven at Wimbledon), Serena Williams. At only her second Grand Slam appearance since being pregnant and giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, Serena has shown a marked return to form. She reached the last 16 of the French Open and in Wimbeldon, she is in a good position to reach a tenth final on the grass of the All England Club.
Full of confidence, in a surface on which she excels, it is difficult to go against Serena Williams in this match-up.