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SportSerena Williams, Near the Peak of Her Powers, to Play Halep in Wimbledon Final

00:15  12 july  2019
00:15  12 july  2019 Source:   si.com

Halep rolls over Svitolina to reach first Wimbledon final

Halep rolls over Svitolina to reach first Wimbledon final Simona Halep barely put a foot wrong as she became the first Romanian woman to reach a Wimbledon singles final with a composed 6-1 6-3 win over Ukrainian eighth seed Elina Svitolina on Thursday. Halep had reached the last four without facing a seed and had been expected to be severely tested in the semi-final considering she had lost four of her seven meetings against Svitolina. When the players gave each other the run around during the opening two games, which dragged on for 20 minutes as both refused to give an inch, it seemed like a classic was in the offing.

WIMBLEDON , England — No. 24 is close again for Serena Williams . She is back in the semifinals of Wimbledon after a stirring 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over an inspired American outsider, Alison Riske, Tuesday on Centre Court.

Serena Williams battled through to her 12th Wimbledon semi- final after being pushed all the way Williams will play either Britain's French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta or Czech veteran Riske converted all five of her break points while Williams succeeded with just six of her 16 opportunities.

Serena Williams, Near the Peak of Her Powers, to Play Halep in Wimbledon Final© Getty Images WIMBLEDON, England — That was peak Serena, and certainly not the same player we saw in the first couple rounds here at the All England Club.

Just last week, Williams lost a set to a player ranked outside the top 100. Since then, she has been steadily improving with each successive round. That progression reached a new level today, when she played fellow 30-something Barbora Strycova off the court in a 6-1, 6-2 semifinal victory that took all of 59 minutes. She's moving better, she's striking the ball better—heck, she's doing everything better than she did in Week One. Which is great news for her camp, because she will face a more-than-worthy opponent in the Wimbledon final on Saturday: Simona Halep, who was similarly dominant in beating world No. 8 Elina Svitolina. Halep's 6-1, 6-3 triumph lasted 73 minutes. You have to wonder what took her so long.

The Latest: Halep, Sviolina start Wimbledon semifinals

The Latest: Halep, Sviolina start Wimbledon semifinals WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest at Wimbledon (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Play has started in the first women's semifinal on Centre Court between No. 7 Simona Halep and No. 8 Elina Svitolina. Halep is a former No. 1 who won the French Open last year. Svitolina is making her debut in a Grand Slam semifinal. ___ 8:10 a.m. Back on Centre Court and back in the semifinals of a major tournament, Serena Williams will take on Barbora Strycova at Wimbledon. Williams is trying to win an eighth title at the All England Club and a 24th Grand Slam trophy overall — an achievement that would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.

Serena Williams ‘in good place’ before semi- final against Barbora Strycova. Williams and Strycova play second, after another match between a former grand slam winner and first-time semi-finalist, as the 2018 French Open champion and former world No 1 Simona Halep plays the Ukrainian eighth

Serena Williams made it into the last four of women’s singles and then put on a tennis exhibition as she won with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles. This is an extract from Kevin Mitchell’s updated report. Here, however, after attributing the result to the excellence of her opponent, she snapped at

The semifinal double on Centre Court was over in the blink of an eye, an interesting contrast to what was such a wide-open and unpredictable tournament. Williams and Halep made it abundantly clear on Thursday that they are the two players most deserving of a shot at the trophy, and it's hard to be anything but satisfied with a Williams/Halep finale. An all-time great against the player who started the year as the world No. 1.

Of course, we must pause to acknolwedge how special it is that Williams is playing this well as a a 37-year-old mother. It's even more remarkable when you re-watch her matches from the French Open, where just five weeks ago she looked sluggish, possibly injured and, well, something like what you'd expect a 37-year-old mother to look like. She did not play a tournament between Paris and London, prioritizing rest and recuperation over match play. That decision was questioned by many, but it's worked out to perfection, as she used the first week of the tournament here to play her way into form. She looks both healthy and hungry for major No. 24, and if she even sniffs the level she found today, she will tie Margaret Court's all-time record.

The Latest: Alcott wins quad wheelchair title at Wimbledon

The Latest: Alcott wins quad wheelchair title at Wimbledon WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest at Wimbledon (all times local): 1 p.m. Top-seeded Dylan Alcott of Australia won the first quad wheelchair singles title at Wimbledon, a day after winning the doubles title. Alcott beat doubles partner Andy Lapthorne of Britain 6-0, 6-2 in the first official singles final for the event at the All England Club. Alcott and Lapthorne won the doubles title on Friday, beating Koji Sugeno of Japan and David Wagner of the United States 6-2, 7-6 (4). Wheelchair tennis made its debut at Wimbledon in 2016. Alcott became a paraplegic after a tumor was removed from his spine soon after birth, according to the Wimbledon website. ___ 8:20 a.m. Going for No.

AFP / Adrian DENNIS Serena Williams battled through to her 12th Wimbledon semi- final Halep will play Elina Svitolina, the Ukraine eighth seed, after she came back from a break down in each Riske converted all five of her break points while Williams succeeded with just six of her 16 opportunities.

SERENA WILLIAMS will not have it all her own way when she takes on Barbora Strycova in the semi- finals of Wimbledon . Williams and Strycova will meet in the second semi- final of the day on Centre Court with the American the clear favourite as she targets a 24th Grand Slam title.

We can—and often do—argue until the cows come home about whether Court's mark is legitimate, but it clearly matters to Serena. She doesn't let on much, but this is a record she has desired ever since it has been within reach. And you have to think her recent failures in major finals only adds to the level of desire. She wants badly to get this chase over with and silence the very, very few who still question her GOAT status.

Williams has now reached three Grand Slam finals since returning from maternity leave. She lost the first two: here last year, to Angelique Kerber, when she looked out of gas; and at the U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka, in a match that will be remembered more for the spectacle than the tennis. She will once again be the favorite against Halep, though this will be anything but routine. Halep has the counter-punching acument to absorb Serena's pace and make her hit extra shots. She's also a gamer who relishes the big moment, a savvy and mature veteran who will be playing without pressure nor expectation. Her coaches would do well to remind her that she has been world No. 1 more recently than Williams, that she has won a Grand Slam more recenly than Williams, that she crushed a top-10 player in the Wimbledon semifinal.

Serena's run ends vs. Halep in Wimbledon final

Serena's run ends vs. Halep in Wimbledon final Simona Halep won her first Wimbledon title and kept Serena Williams from winning her eighth. Halep beat Williams 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court for her second major title.

Serena Williams made it into the last four of women’s singles and then put on a tennis exhibition as she won with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles. Here, however, after attributing the result to the excellence of her opponent, she snapped at the suggestion she was not facing up to the scale of her

Serena Williams made it into the last four of women’s singles and then put on a tennis exhibition as she won with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles. Here, however, after attributing the result to the excellence of her opponent, she snapped at the suggestion she was not facing up to the scale of her

Still, this has the distinct whiff of a history for Serena Williams. Tiger Woods completed his comeback at golf's most iconic venue, Augusta National. For Serena Williams to follow suit—by winning No. 24, and her first since Olympia—at Wimbledon would be nothing short of poetic from the sports scripwriters.

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