•   
  •   
  •   

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

Serena goes through to Wimbledon second round

Serena goes through to Wimbledon second round Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams moved into the second round on Tuesday with a hard-fought 6-2, 7-5 win over Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone. Williams spent a lot of the time chastising herself but eventually closed out the match breaking Gatto-Monticone's serve. Williams, whose sister Venus crashed out on Monday losing to teenage sensation Cori Gauff, said despite her laboured performance the knee injury that has affected her season had not given her any trouble. "It is the best I have felt since February," she said. "I pretty much had to skip the hard court season and missed a couple of clay tournaments.

Serena Williams has rounded into form just ahead of the Wimbledon final , where she'll play Simona Halep . Jon Wertheim previews the matchup. 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.

A stunning Simona Halep beat Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 to (CNN) History was made at Wimbledon on Saturday but if you were rooting for Serena Williams , it wasn't what you hoped for. "She really played out of her mind," Williams told the crowd. Petra Kvitova's 6-3 6-0 victory over Eugenie

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.

Chilled Halep catches fire to dispatch Azarenka at Wimbledon

Chilled Halep catches fire to dispatch Azarenka at Wimbledon Chilled Halep catches fire to dispatch Azarenka at Wimbledon

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.

Simona Halep played a near -flawless final on Saturday to become the first Romanian woman to win Wimbledon , simultaneously wrecking Serena “She really played out of her mind,” Williams said. “Whenever a player plays that amazing you just have to take your hat off and give her a nod.”

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.

Star duo Murray, Serena ease to mixed doubles victory

Star duo Murray, Serena ease to mixed doubles victory Superstar duo Andy Murray and Serena Williams breezed into the second round of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon on Saturday.

Simona Halep stuns Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title. Simona Halep wins # Wimbledon in commanding style, handing Serena Williams the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of her career with a Halep has the first set after 26 minutes of near flawless tennis! Can she maintain this level?

Serena Williams has said it was just not her day after her rapid defeat by Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final . “Today nothing really helped. But also I made way too many errors for a lot of stuff to work. I need to keep working and maybe be able to play some tournaments uninjured, like I did

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.

Here's Why Wimbledon Stars Serena Williams and Roger Federer Are Still Slaying in Their Late 30s

Here's Why Wimbledon Stars Serena Williams and Roger Federer Are Still Slaying in Their Late 30s Serena Williams Roger Federer Playing Into Their 30s

Simona Halep won her first Wimbledon title and kept Serena Williams from winning her eighth. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams , her opponent in Saturday's final , there already And she played pretty much perfectly. On top of her game right from start to finish, Halep overwhelmed

Serena Williams beats Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-2 to reach 11th Wimbledon final . Williams will face Simona Halep in Saturday's final after her 6-1 6-3 win Serena 's serve is hard and it's powerful . How can you defend when it's that powerful and near the sidelines? I think the mixed doubles [with Andy

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.

Related slideshow: Best of 2019 Wimbledon (Provided by imagn)

Serena Williams, Near the Peak of Her Powers, to Play Halep in Wimbledon Final
Read More

Woody Harrelson turns into a meme at Wimbledon.
The actor was an unexpected focus of attention during the men's doubles title match.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!