Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
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Wimbledon 2019: Serena Willams, Simona Halep reign supreme

Wimbledon 2019: Serena Willams, Simona Halep reign supreme

Williams and Strycova will meet in the second semi-final of the day on Centre Court with the American the clear favourite as she targets a 24th Grand Slam title.

Halep, who had not faced a seeded player until Svitolina, faced some resistance as she served for the set eventually taking it on her sixth set point. Simona Halep will play in her first Wimbledon final. After a third-round loss at Roland Garros on June 1, she stayed in France for medical treatment and finally felt pain-free while preparing for Wimbledon in England.

Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon victor, will make her 11th appearance in the singles finals at the All England Club.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams said Tiger Woods' win at the 2019 Masters is at the top of her mind as she tries to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon Saturday in London.

All that stands in Serena Williams' way is seventh-seeded Simona Halep.

But the three-time grand slam victor wasn't done just yet and after successful surgery, the 32-year-old made a glorious return to Wimbledon this year.

"Of course, I respect a lot what she has done and what she's doing. Today I think it was one of the best matches on grass".

"I'm in a different place, because I wasn't really playing a month ago, like, at all".

And last September, again the red mist came down across her furious and disbelieving eyes as she railed against the perceived injustice heaped on her by the chair umpire Carlos Ramos and lost in the most theatrical exit. "There is also an element of doubt over the fitness of Williams given that she barely features on the week-to-week professional tour".

The American, who won her first Wimbledon title in 2002, credits improvements in sports science for her longevity as she seeks to match Margaret Court's all-time grand slam mark.


"I'm desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop her".

"I remember after that, I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit". Also, Halep has a ridiculous track record of coming off small in final appearances, losing three of her four grand slam finals and nine of her last 12 finals overall. I'm very excited and nervous to be in the final.

The Romanian has beaten Williams just once in their previous 10 meetings but insisted her record against the 23-time Grand Slam victor was not cause for concern. Having offered up a break point, Strycova crouched at the baseline and rested her racket on her head.

The 27-year-old has won just one of the four Grand Slam finals in which she has appeared - last year's French Open. 'That makes me know the level she can get to'.

"It's really not about 24 or 23 or 25, it's really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what", Williams, 37, said.

And, as well as providing a crowd-pleasing partnership until their last-16 exit, it turns out it has also helped her singles game.

This is the challenge that got her back out on to the court after nearly dying giving birth and the one that keeps her motivated at the age of 37.

"I fought feally hard to win the match. But I feel mentally stronger facing her".

Once that ball is in play, the return is vital and, if it is to be of any quality coming back at the American, Halep has to be courageous, taking it on the rise occasionally, or making sure she delivers a heavy and precise enough blow from deep to keep the exchange alive.

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