Serena Williams, still chasing history, faces Simona Halep in Wimbledon final

US player Serena Williams celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their women’s singles semi-final match at Wimbledon in Lond

US player Serena Williams celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their women’s singles semi-final match at Wimbledon in Lond

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

Halep triumphed 6-2, 6-2 in 56 minutes here, becoming the first Romanian to win Wimbledon with one of the greatest performances seen in a SW19 final.

"I think it's a great feeling to face Serena in a Grand Slam final".

This will be Halep's first final at Wimbledon. Both players were dominant in their semifinal matches, with Williams beating Barbara Strycova 6-2, 6-1 and Halep knocking off Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.

For Serena Williams, it was another chance to claim a record 24th Grand Slam title that she was unable to win, and despite making it to three of the past five Grans Slam finals, it's fair to wonder if the window for her to win major championships might be finally starting to close.

"She literally played out of her mind". "Now I'm in a different place. My ability to react quickly, my breasts make me uncomfortable when I play", she said. 7 to Serena's No. 11-and already being a major champion, Halep entered this match as a significant underdog.

Her hopes of winning a first Grand Slam tournament since 2017 appeared slim, but Williams has come into form at the right time.

Not bad for someone who has been frank about how jittery she has gotten in past big matches and began the day having lost nine of 10 matchups against Williams.

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"Well, I had nerves". Grass hasn't been Halep's strong suit in the past, but the 27-year-old said she's become more comfortable on the surface the last couple of years. I came out on the court and gave my best.

Couldn't have been any better, really.

Halep's first appearance in the Wimbledon final means she has reached the final in three of the four grand slams - with just the US Open missing from her resume. She may need the best performance of her career to prevail against one of the best to ever play the game.

"Just got to keep fighting", Williams said, "and just keep trying".

Despite the lack of success in the previous meetings, Halep insisted that her focus is on Wimbledon rather than Williams.

Halep tracked down everything, as is her wont.

Her returns were exceptional, repeatedly getting back serves that left Williams' racket at 115 miles per hour or more. Halep produced eight winners before a single unforced error, avoiding a miscue until the seventh game. I can play everywhere, against anyone.

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