Serena Williams to face Halep in Wimbledon final

Serena Williams secured her place in an 11th singles Wimbledon final.

In just under an hour, she fought off Barbora Strycova, who had previously beaten Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals, in a one-sided battle of 6-1, 6-2.

Serena Williams to face Halep in Wimbledon final

She will be up against Romanian Simona Halep on Saturday, aiming to win her eighth Wimbledon title and equal the all-time record of 24 grand slam titles, currently held by Margaret Court.

In her post-match interview, she said: “It definitely feels good to be back in the final.

She will face Simona Halep for the title on Saturday after the 7th seed became the first Romanian woman to reach the Wimbledon final with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Elina Svitolina.

Williams has missed the chance to equal Australian Court's record on two occasions since returning from giving birth – losing last year's Wimbledon final and then a bad-tempered defeat in the US Open final.

Serena Williams v Simona Halep - Saturday's #Wimbledon

"It feels good to be in the final again after the year I have had," said 37-year-old Williams.

"I have just needed matches to feel good and do what I do best and that is play tennis

"I love what I do. I have a great job and I am still pretty good at it. I get a remarkable experience every time."

Williams produced a dominant performance on Thursday which has not always been the case during the championships and she said she would not be taking seventh-seeded Halep lightly.

"She's a tough opponent," said Williams. "We always have great matches. I look forward to it."

Strycova, who never managed to impose her delightful stroke-filled game on her opponent, at least has the consolation of perhaps winning the women's doubles.


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