Right on cue as Wimbledon finalist Halep follows snooker champ

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Simona Halep is the last woman standing between Serena Williams and achieving her long-held ambition of equalling Margaret Court's Grand Slam title record after both recorded easy victories in their Wimbledon semi-finals on Thursday. She was honestly playing awesome, she beat so many great players. The 33-year-old slumped to a 4-1 deficit in the first set, but rallied back to take the set and then cruised to a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win.

"I have a great job and I love what I do, " Williams said, "and I'm still pretty good at what I do, I guess".

The distress signals from Australia players at Edgbaston also went down well as word reached Wimbledon that England were on course to reach the World Cup final.

The pressure will ramp up in the next 24 hours, especially after falling short in her last two Grand Slam finals - here past year against Angelique Kerber and then, infamously in NY where Serena lost her cool in defeat by Naomi Osaka. Williams has dominated Strycova's second serve, but nonetheless Strycova wins the game and shouts, "Come on!" Now, if I face her, I will believe that I have my chance to win against her.

"Instead of having nothing to lose, I feel like I have things to lose, but I also have nothing to lose".

"You can try and overpower her which is most likely what will happen, but it's not going to be one-way traffic".

"It's definitely a lot better, I just needed some matches". "I'm a professional competitor who did her best today, and that's all there is to that". "I'm far from flawless".

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.

Australia's early collapse in their semi-final was being discussed on the walk-up towards the All England Club grounds and as the tennis was taking place.

Svitolina, being watched from the players' box by her English coach Andy Bettles and French boyfriend and ATP star Gael Monfils, briefly raised her game to break back. She said in a first-person essay she wrote for Harper's Bazaar that she met with a therapist and wrote to Osaka to apologize for the whole episode.

A rare show of emotion from Williams on Thursday could have been the semifinal's turning point. Halep got 70 percent of her first serves in play, saved four of her five break points and hit 26 winners to 16 unforced errors.

"I feel like if we had this technology 20 years ago, maybe Michael Jordan would still be playing basketball".

The 27-year-old, who eased past Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 to reach her fifth Slam final, has 288,000 followers on Twitter.

Soon enough, though, Halep was in control. Now comes a tougher task: beating Williams.

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