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Ostapenko a 'tricky opponent' for Kerber

11th July 2018, 16:52 by Gareth Freeman

Angelique Kerber says she will have to be at her best to win her Wimbledon semi-final clash with Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday.

Kerber is a two-time Grand Slam champion and reached the final at SW19 two years ago, losing out to Serena Williams in straight sets.

Ostapenko, 21, is preparing for her first ever Wimbledon semi-final but she is a Grand Slam winner, having won last year's French Open, and Kerber believes she will have to be on top form if she is to reach the final at the All England Club.

"I think she is tricky opponent," the German world number 10 told reporters. "That's why she is also so good. She's played so many good matches in the last few months. She won Indian Wells, also beat top players.

She added: "I think it will be really a good match. I think the match starts from zero. I mean, the pressure is not always on my side. She won a Grand Slam, as well. I think that we're both looking forward to playing the semis."

Kerber's compatriot Julia Goerges and Serena Williams contest the other semi-final, and Kerber feels any of the remaining players in the women's draw could claim the title.

"I think there are no favorite any more," she said. "We are in the semis right now. I'm not looking left or right. I'm not looking about the others. I'm really taking care about my game, about my matches, about how I play on court. This is all I care about actually, to be honest."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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