semi-finalist dominates baseline battle
Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, made hard work of dispatching Kazakhstani Elena Rybakina 6–4 6–1 in a sluggish
The former Wimbledon
Ostapenko, who has looked amazing comfortable on grass this week, soared into a rapid 3–0 lead. But she was soon pegged back from this early cushion, and creaked along to 5–4.
Rybakina took a medical time out for a sore back, but this failed to break Ostapenko’s momentum. She was in no mood to be distracted to confidently secure the set on her service game in a fraction under an hour.
The battle between the
Ostapenko has worked wonders to reach the final bearing in mind her wayward serve, which has seen far too many double faults. She saw off Russia’s no.8 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovano in the opening round, beat Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur — last week’s Birmingham champion — then halted Russian Daria Kasatkina in the