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Jelena Ostapenko first Latvian woman to reach Wimbledon semi

Britain Wimbledon Tennis

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia celebrates defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in their women’s quarterfinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

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LONDON — Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova.

In a match that featured eight breaks of serve - four in the first five games - Ostapenko was able to elevate her game in the crucial moments.

She was the aggressor throughout, hitting 33 winners to Cibulkova’s six, but also doubling her opponent’s unforced error count.

In 2017, Ostapenko followed up her first Grand Slam title at the French Open by reaching the last eight at Wimbledon.