Wimbledon: Serena Williams and Simona Halep easily enter the final.
For the tenth time Serena Williams is in the final of Wimbledon. The seven-time tournament winner defeated Barbora Strýcová 6: 1, 6: 2 in the semi-finals. In the final, she meets Simona Halep, who beat Elina Switolina 6-1, 6-3.
Williams had some teething problems in her match and made unusually many mistakes at the start of the game. But since Strýcová presented himself too passive, hardly ever went online and her first serve was too rare, the world rankings still managed an early break to 3: 1. Also in the episode, the Czech played too good, seemed unsettled in their first Grand Slam semi-final. Her first direct hit was achieved at the score of 1: 5.
In the second round, the number 54 of the world came first better in the game, even sought the point win and came to the grid more often. At the score of 2: 2 Strýcová lost her serve. After the break, the 37-year-old Williams chose the game again at will and will now play on Saturday in the final for their 24th Grand Slam title and the tenth Wimbledon success.
A record in the eye and one set up
"It's great, especially after the year I had," Williams said, "I just needed a few matches to feel good and now that I'm feeling good, I can do what I love: play good tennis. "
In the previous year, the US American was in the final, but lost to Angelique Kerber. Should she win this year, she would catch up with Australian Margaret Smith Court, who won a total of 24 Grand Slam tournaments. In addition, it would be Williams's first Grand Slam title since the birth of her daughter in 2017.
At 37 years and 291 days she is the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the era of professional tennis. So far, the record was held by Martina Navratilova, who was exactly 33 days younger in 1994 at Wimbledon.
Halep confidently into the first Wimbledon final
Williams' final opponent is Halep, who beat Elina Switolina 6: 1 and 6: 3 earlier in the day and will face the Wimbledon final for the first time.
The World Ranking Mistress immediately took the first serve from her opponent and dominated the first set. Switolina had nothing against the punchy baseline game Haleps and did not play a single serve in their first Grand Slam semi-final in the first set.
The second set the Ukrainian could make more balanced, but still had problems with their own serve, while Halep their service usually managed smoothly. At the score of 3: 3 the former world number one achieved the pre-decisive break.
"It's a great feeling, it's one of the best moments of my life," Halep said. "It was not as easy as the result suggests, I had to fight long in every rally, but I think I chose the right tactic."
For the French Open winner of 2018, it is the fifth final in a Grand Slam tournament, but her first final at Wimbledon. Their best ever result in London was reaching the semi-finals in 2014.
In a direct comparison of the two finalists Williams leads 9: 1. On grass, the two first played against each other. In 2011 Williams won at Wimbledon in the second round 3: 6, 6: 2, 6: 1.