Wimbledon 2019 Final: How to Watch Serena Williams vs

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2019

While Williams has 10 Wimbledon finals under her belt, Saturday will mark the first time Halep features in the showpiece match of the grass-court season.

Chasing her eighth Wimbledon victory in her second consecutive final at the All England Club, Serena will face Simona Halep on Saturday for her shot at a 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie Margaret Court's all-time record.

"It's good, especially after my year".

Stanley Kay: Halep is just 1-9 against Williams over her career, and that one win came in a round-robin at the 2014 WTA Finals. "I know I'm improving and I just needed to feel good and then I can do what I do best which is play tennis". She won the match with another break in the final game.

But seven-times Wimbledon champion Williams, still seeking her first title since becoming a mother in 2017, is made of much sterner stuff and simply bulldozed her way through her opponent's lightweight resistance. Though Svitolina tried to stay in the second set till 3-3, she couldn't hold on for too long.

The 19 aces Williams managed against Riske were absent today, with just four serves winging past Strycova in the match, but Williams' secondary game was fine-tuned to the point where she won 89% of her service points.

It was only a temporary lull in the onslaught.

And she was not going to spoil that record here, establishing breaks in the fourth and sixth games before taking the set with her 44th ace of the championships. "She just had a baby and lost Wimbledon finals".

The end came quickly.

Her competition, Halep, similarly dominated her way to the final, beating Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

All that stands in Serena Williams' way is seventh-seeded Simona Halep.

National pride will be at stake for Halep as she bids to become the first Romanian to win a singles title at the spiritual home of grasscourt tennis.

Williams claimed after her semi-final romp over unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova that the Court landmark is not on her mind.

As she played her way back into the Wimbledon final over the last two weeks, she said this is best her body has felt in months. 'No matter what, I will always have a great career'. His extended period of failing to compete made his sudden emergence all the more dramatic, but Serena almost died a couple years ago and deserves the same - if not more - unbridled enthusiasm when she wins her next Grand Slam, whenever that may be. I actually was sad, but I was also proud of myself.

Aside from the one-on-one rivalry on court, both women have a member of the royal family rooting for them - Williams's friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Halep favoured by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. I had to get to those finals, looking back, to even be in those two finals previous year was unbelievable. "But I feel mentally stronger facing her". I just remember how it's so, so different when you're younger as opposed to now.

"I wake up every morning and I get to be fit, play in front of crowds".

Over the years, she's recovered from muscle injuries, ankle injuries, back injuries, elbow injuries and, as recently as this spring, a knee injury.

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