Serena Williams v Julia Goerges, Angelique Kerber v Jelena Ostapenko: Wimbledon semi-finals stats preview

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The Wimbledon women’s semi-finals take place on Thursday with Serena Williams taking on Julia Goerges and Jelena Ostapenko facing Angelique Kerber.

The 25th-seeded Williams will face No. 13 seed Goerges for a second straight major, having defeated the German in the French Open third round last month.

Kerber, the highest remaining seed in the draw at No. 11, will face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko for the first time.

The semi-finals will take place back-to-back on Centre Court starting 13:00 UK time (16:00 Dubai time), with Ostapenko-Kerber followed by Goerges-Williams.

Here’s a numbers guide to the last-four stage at SW19.

0 – sets dropped by Ostapenko this fortnight – the only semi-finalist of the four yet to drop a set. The last woman to win Wimbledon without conceding one was Marion Bartoli in 2013.

1 – Goerges is contesting her first Grand Slam semi-final.

1 – For the first time since 2015, all four women’s Wimbledon semi-finalists are seeded players.

2 – of the semi-finalists have won titles this year: Goerges (Auckland) and Kerber (Sydney).

2 – This is the first time in the Open Era that two German women have reached the Wimbledon semi-finals. The last all-German Slam semi-final was when Steffi Graf beat Anke Huber in Roland Garros in 1993.

4 – years since Jelena Ostapenko has won the Wimbledon junior title.

7 – Kerber is contesting her seventh Grand Slam semi-final, only three active players have appeared in more – Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova.

9 – Ostapenko is attempting to become the ninth Wimbledon girls’ champion to go on and reach the women’s final, and the first since Eugenie Bouchard in 2014.

24 – return winners from Ostapenko through her five matches – the most of all players who contested the tournament.

35 – Grand Slam semi-finals reached by Williams, winning 29 of them.

36 – At 36 years and 291 days, Williams is the sixth-oldest Grand Slam semi-finalist in the Open Era. She’s bidding to become the third-oldest major finalist in the Open Era.

42 – Goerges is appearing in her 42nd major. Only four women in the Open Era played this many Slams before reaching their maiden semi-final (Likhovtseva (46), Vinci (44), Tauziat (42), Vesnina (42).

44 – Kerber has won 44 per cent of her return points against the first serve, the highest percentage among remaining semi-finalists.

44 – aces struck by Goerges this fortnight at Wimbledon, the leader among all players who contested the tournament.

79 – Williams has won 79 per cent of her first-serve points, leading the rest of the semi-finalists in this category.

84 – unforced errors struck by Williams, the fewest of the remaining players.

89 – Kerber has landed 89 per cent of her returns in, the highest percentage of all players in the women’s draw.

91 – Wimbledon main draw matches won by Williams – the most among active players. Only Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova have won more in the Open Era.

601 – minutes Goerges has spent on court so far this tournament, the most among all four semi-finalists.


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