WIMBLEDON, England – On Saturday at Wimbledon, Serena Williams will compete against Simona Halep for the women's title and in her third final will have the chance to win a 24th Grand Slam singles championship that would set Margaret Court record.
It's been two and a half years since Williams won 23rd place at the Australian Open 2017. At this time, she was pregnant with her daughter Olympia Ohanian and played until March 2018 another tournament. Williams lost the Wimbledon final last year against Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-3 and last year's United States Open final against Naomi Osaka, 6-2, 6-4.
After their 6-1, 6-2 victory over Barbora Strycova in the semifinals on Thursday, Martina Navratilova, who won a record of nine singles titles at Wimbledon, said: "I think Serena is in full flight. Today she played as I saw her.
Halep, a 27-year-old Romanian who finished seventh at Wimbledon, won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open last year. She plays her first Wimbledon final. Williams, the # 11 singer, is in her 11th Wimbledon singles final and is looking for her eighth championship.
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Williams learned from a defeat against Halep.
Williams have lost just once in their ten games against Halep, but in the round-robin phase of the 2014 championship finals in Singapore, they were 6-2 and 6-0.
Williams defeated Avenged 6: 3 and 6: 0 in the final of this tournament, but the memory of it remains fresh and motivating.
"I think the biggest key in our matches is the defeat I had," said Williams on Thursday. "I never forgot it. She played incredibly. That lets me know at what level she played, she can do it again. So I have to be better.
It's her first meeting in a grand slam final.
Halep and Williams were two of the best players in Grand Slam tournaments since 2014, with Halep making five finals and Williams 11 reaching majors: in the fourth round of the Australian Open this year and in the quarter-finals of the United States Open
Interestingly, Williams never played against Jennifer Capriati or Kim Clijsters, two long-time rivals, in a Grand Slam finale. She only appeared in a big final against Justine Henin in 2010, the seven-time Grand Slam winner.
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Although Halep is in seventh place in the world in seventh place, it will be of little importance to both.
Halep went to the Australian Open as the top seed in January, after driving to No. 1 for the second year in a row. However, before her fourth match against Williams, sixteenth, Halep made a homage praising all her opponent's achievements.
World, it's a bit different, "said Halep.
After Halep lost the match 6: 1, 4: 6, 6: 4, a reporter told her, "You are number 1, and that's Serena Williams.
"Exactly," Halep replied.
Williams was not tested by top-10 opponents.
Williams beat almost anyone on her way to 23 Grand Slam titles but made her way to Wimbledon. Finals in the last two years has been remarkably easy, with only one Top 30 player each time, this time Julia Görges, who has defeated Halep since the Australian Open and then against Karolina Pliskova No. 7 lost, no top-10 player played anymore.
Wimbledon's draw saw games against Kerber and No. 5. 1 Ashleigh Barty was a possibility but Williams scored none.
Halep struck only one top 10 player on her way to the finals, Elina Svitolina No. 8, in the semis, but she has Victoria Azarenka, a former number 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner, in the third round and Coco Gauff, the breakout Player of the tournament, beaten in the fourth round .