DAmerican Serena Williams will be in Wimbledon for the eleventh time. The 37-year-old clearly won her semi-final at the Lawn Tennis Tournament in London on Thursday with 6: 1, 6: 2 against the World Ranking 54. Barbora Strycova from the Czech Republic. In the final on Saturday Williams meets Romanian top player Simona Halep, who had previously held in two sets against the Ukrainian Jelina Switolina. For Williams it is about the 24th Grand Slam title, with which she would set the all-time record of the Australian Margaret Court. A year ago Williams had lost the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.
Williams made a concentrated impression against Strycova from the start. The previous three duels with the Czech she had won without exception smooth in two sets, again this time she marched with two breaks in just 27 minutes to win the first set. Strycova rarely had anything against the force of Williams's punches. Overall, the match remained a one-sided affair.
“Especially after this year, it feels good to be back in the final. I can improve every match, “said Williams. “I love what I do.” After months of injuries, the younger Williams sister can now with another success for the eighth time in the list of winners in Wimbledon register. Her unique career would then enrich her with the 24th Grand Slam title. So far, the Australian Margaret Court holds this record alone. As the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the history of professional tennis since 1968, Williams is already run. On September 26, the young mother celebrates her 38th birthday.
Previously, Halep made it to the grassroots tournament in London for the first time thanks to a deserved 6-1, 6-3 draw against Ukrainian Jelina Switolina. One year after Kiel's Kerber title coup, the 27-year-old meets American Serena Williams or Czech outsider Barbora Strycova on Saturday.
“It's an incredible feeling. This is one of the best moments in my life, “said Halep after her clear success. In front of around 15,000 spectators, a game of long baseline duels initially developed on Center Court on the time-honored tennis facility in southwest London. The first two games alone lasted 20 minutes, then moved off the former number one tennis world.
In the 72-minute duel, the world ranking eight-right Switolina in their first Grand Slam semi-final of the Romanian could not oppose enough. After a balanced start to the second set Halep took the break to 4: 3 and secured after 72 minutes the chance to their second Grand Slam title.
In the quarterfinals of Eastbourne at the last preparatory tournament before Wimbledon had Kerber the 27-year-old Romanian with a convincing appearance yet defeated. When it came to fame and glory at the Grand Slam, the German hopefuls said goodbye in the second round. Halep, however, ended not only in the second round of the successful series of the only 15-year-old American Cori Gauff, but now reached their fifth Grand Slam final.
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