LONDON – Serena Williams will play for the 11th time in the Wimbledon final and will look for her eighth title in the All England Club. Simona Halep will play in her first Wimbledon final.
Williams, 23-time Grand Slam champion, defeated Barbora Strycova 6-1 and 6-2 in the semi-finals at Center Court on Thursday, while Halep defeated Elina Svitolina 6-1. 1, 6-3.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Williams, who has a 9-1 career record against Halep.
Williams turned four of her five breakpoints into the final on Saturday, while Strycova failed on all three occasions.
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"I have a great job and I love what I do "Williams said. "And I'm still pretty good at what I do." and the year for her due to illness and injury, Williams limited to 12 games until last week. Following a defeat in the third round with Roland Garros on June 1, she stayed for medical treatment in France and felt finally free of pain in preparation for Wimbledon in England. "It's definitely a lot better," Williams said, "I know I'm improving. & # 39; & # 39;
Halep broke Svitolina three times in the first set and took another 4-3 lead in the second. She won the match with another break in the final.
"It was not easy [as] as the score shows," said the seventh Halep, who had a lead of 26-10 in the winners.
The Romanian won the French Open last year and reached the final at Roland Garros twice. She also reached the Australian Open final in 2018, but her best ever All England club was a place in the 2014 Semifinal.
"It's an incredible feeling and I'm very excited – and nervous, too," said Halep , "It's one of the best moments of my life."
Svitolina, the number 8, has never been to a slam in the final before this tournament.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.