Williams versus Halep in Wimbledon women’s final


On Saturday, Williams will take on No. 7-seeded Simona Halep of Romania, a 6-1, 6-3 victor over No. 8 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine under a cloudy sky at Centre Court. She battles Simona Halep in the 2019 Wimbledon final at 9 a.m. EDT Saturday in London.

"The effort she's put in, I've never seen something like this". When Williams was in place to record a calendar slam in the latter stages of the 2015 US Open, her emotions ran wild and she collapsed in a lachrymose cloud not dissimilar to the one that enveloped Lisicki, losing in the semi-finals to the Italian doubles artist Roberta Vinci.

Williams is one tantalising win away from securing a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown after blasting past Barbora Strycova to move into her 11th Wimbledon final.

"There's so many impressive things about her", Williams said of Halep. Williams, as she admitted on Thursday after her best performance of the tournament - a 59-minute demolition of Barbora Strycova - can not be sure from day to day how she will handle the pressures and expectations of her calling, even though she is by overwhelming consensus the finest player of her era.

"Of course, I respect a lot what she has done and what she's doing. It's one of the best moments of my life". I remember I think I hit an ace. "I've had some big ones", said Williams, whose fastest delivery so far stands at 122mph.

Not only has Serena owned Halep over the years, but we have a hungry player who is desperate for her 24th grand slam title and isn't sure how many more chances she'll get beyond this given her age.

Her claiming to be calm - she attributes this to digging into her memory and recalling how she felt when she beat sister Venus in 2002 for her first Wimbledon title - will reassure her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Halep will also take heart from their battle at this year's Australian Open being a close one and the fact that she has more than just an A-game in her repertoire.

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"It's an awesome feeling and I'm really excited - and also nervous because of this, " Halep said. It is her third Wimbledon singles title and 11th Grand Slam singles trophy overall.

Since coming back from maternity leave in March 2018, she reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals previous year.

After the first set blowout, Strycova briefly showed renewed vigor in the second as she attempted to gain parity, at least, from the vast array of shots coming her way.

That's right, 12 percent men believe they could steal a point off the 37-year-old GOAT. And if she wins Saturday, she can officially add greatest comeback of all time to her extraordinary resume - even if her fans knew she was there already.

And she was not going to spoil that record here, establishing breaks in the fourth and sixth games before taking the set with her 44th ace of the championships.

Williams doesn't really have anything to lose, either, but she has plenty to gain.

"I thought about it this morning", she said. "But I feel mentally stronger facing her".

The American superstar lost just three games to her 33-year-old semi-final opponent Barbora Strycova in easing to a 6-1, 6-2 victory in less than an hour on Thursday.