Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon winner, will make her 11th appearance in the singles finals at the All England Club. Halep, a former World No. 1, has one Grand Slam championship to her credit, the French Open in 2018. A win by Williams would give her 24 Grand Slam tournament titles, tying Australian legend Margaret Court for the most all-time.
It took Williams just 59 minutes to topple Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-1 and advance to her second straight Wimbledon final and her 32nd final of a Grand Slam. Angelique Kerber defeated her in the 2018 final. “It definitely feels good to be back in the final,” Williams told ESPN after the match. “I love what I do. I wake up every morning. I get to be fit. I get to play a sport. … I have a great job, and I’m still pretty good at what I do, I guess.”
Halep, the seventh seed in the women’s draw, surged into the final with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in just 73 minutes. “It is one of the best moments of my life,” Halep said in her post-match interview. “I’m really excited but also nervous. I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. It was not as easy as the score shows. I fought really hard. is an amazing player and it’s always tough to play against her.”
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17 July, 2019