Serena Williams has qualified for the 11th time in her career for the Wimbledon final on Thursday. The 37-year-old American convincingly dealt with Barbora Strycová in the half-final battle and will face Simona Halep in the final on Saturday, who eliminated Elina Svitolina.
Williams only needed an hour to beat Strycová (WTA-54). The Czech, who was responsible for the elimination of Kiki Bertens last Saturday, only picked up three games at Center Court: 6-1 and 6-2.
Thanks to her convincing victory, Williams is close to an eighth overall win at Wimbledon and her 24th Grand Slam title in total. That would match the Grand Slam record of tennis legend Margaret Court.
Williams will play against Halep in the final on Saturday. The Romanian number three in the world was simply too strong for Svitolina earlier on Thursday: 6-1 and 6-3.
Halep lost only one set on the way to the final: in the second round against her compatriot Michaela Buzarnescu. She never ran into problems against Svitolina. She did the job in one hour and fourteen minutes.
In the first set, Halep beat a lot more winners than her Ukrainian opponent: 23 to 10. In the second set, the battle went on for a long time, until Halep placed the decisive break at 3-3.
Svitolina couldn't really make it difficult for Halep. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Halep and Svitolina pass through Bertens on world ranking
The 27-year-old Halep won only one Grand Slam in her career: Roland Garros in 2018. The former number one in the world lost twice the final in Paris and was also a losing finalist at the Australian Open. Her best performance at Wimbledon was a semi-final spot in 2014.
Halep is currently number seven in the WTA rankings, but thanks to her good performance in London, she climbs to fourth place in the upcoming Monday ranking and passes Kiki Bertens, among others.
Svitolina started at Wimbledon as the number eight in the world and will occupy seventh position on the new ranking from Monday.