Two former world number ones, Serena Williams and Simona Halep, will clash for the 11th time in their careers on Saturday afternoon as they both attempt to hoist the coveted Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, United Kingdom.
Williams and Halep will battle it out for the prestigious Venus Rosewater Dish on Centre Court after breezing past through their respective opponents in the semifinals.
Eleventh-seed Williams dropped just three games in her final four match against the unseeded Barbara Strycova, 6-1 and 6-2, en route to reaching her third Grand Slam final since her comeback. The 23-Grand Slam titlist will try to match Steffi Graf’s 24 majors trophies, while also lifting her eighth title in SW19.
“Now I’m in a different place,” Williams said in her post-match press conference. “Like I am just calmer. Instead of having nothing to lose, I feel like I have things to lose, but I also have nothing to lose. It’s like I’m in the middle.”
“I really want to do it. I’m in a different place because I wasn’t really playing a month ago, like, at all. So it’s all kind of coming together. I can’t really put how I’m taking it,” she added.
On the other hand, Halep, who will play in her fifth career Grand Slam final and first Wimbledon championship, booked the first seat to the title-match after fending off eighth-seed rival Elina Svitolina, 6-1, 6-3.
The seventh-seeded Romanian was firing from all cylinders and needed just 72 minutes to dispatch her eight-seeded Ukrainian rival, who tallied her first ever semifinal in the big stage.
“It’s very special, this moment. To be able to play Wimbledon final, it’s pretty amazing. I will enjoy it for sure,” said Halep.”I can say that I have a better game these days. I can play everywhere, against anyone. It’s good that I have more plans. When I go on the court and face an opponent, I know how to play against her.
“Also, I know how to change some things when [they don’t] work very well. As a person, I’m trying just to be confident, to be positive. I’m working hard to do the best always when I step on the court,” she further claimed after getting asked on her development since her last semifinal appearance in this tournament in 2014.
Williams leads Halep in their overall career head-to-head, 9-1.
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