LONDON – Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, world No. 12, earned a straight set victory on Tuesday over Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Ostapenko, 21, needed one hour and 22 minutes to advance into the semifinals for the first time in her career, keeping her dream of a second Grand Slam victory alive, after winning the 2017 French Open.
The Latvian player struck five aces and 33 winners, compared to her opponent’s one and six, respectively, and has yet to lose a set in this edition of the tournament.
Ostapenko will next play Germany’s Angelique Kerber, world No. 10, who beat world No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-3, 7-5.