Simona Halep believes that the chance of a victory over Serena Williams in Saturday's Wimbledon final is greater than ever. The former number one in the world believes that she has made a lot of progress in recent years.

23-time Grand Slam winner Williams is regarded as fear giver for Halep. Of the ten meetings between the players, the Romanian, who is currently the global number seven, won only one.

"But I really believe I can beat her now. Of course I respect what she has done and still does, but I feel mentally stronger than before," said Halep.

The top player on Thursday was convincingly strong in the semi-final for Elina Svitolina (6-1, 6-3). She surpassed her best performance ever at Wimbledon, where she reached the last four in 2014.

"I now have more experience than before. I am also more positive about the job and I am not giving up anymore. I have learned a lot in five years. We will see how it goes in the final. It remains a major challenge for me."

Simona Halep receives congratulations from Elina Svitolina. (Photo: Pro Shots)

"This is one of the best moments of my life"

The 27-year-old Halep, who won a Grand Slam tournament with Roland Garros for the first time in her career, is looking forward to the Wimbledon final and sees the final battle as a milestone.

"Reaching the final is one of the best moments of my life. I am really looking forward to it and am a bit nervous. I want to enjoy it as much as possible," said the Romanian.

She does not think she could have saved herself against Svitolina in the semi-final. "It wasn't as easy as the score suggests. I had to fight hard for it. It's never easy against Svitolina."

It is the fifth time that Halep has been a finalist at a Grand Slam tournament. Williams, who won a Grand Slam for the last time in 2017, is in the final of one of the four major tournaments for the third time in a year.

The women's final of Wimbledon starts on Saturday at 3 p.m. For the men, the final battle is Sunday. On Friday the semi-final matches Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic-Roberto Bautista Agut are on the program.

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