Serena Williams and Simona Halep cruise into Wimbledon women’s final

Konta after her first round match against Yulia Putintseva at Roland Garros in 2018

Simona Halep dispatches Elina Svitolina to reach first Wimbledon final

A seven-time Wimbledon champion, Williams has not won a Grand Slam title since January 2017 when she triumphed at the Australian Open.

The 37-year-old will become the oldest woman to contest a Grand Slam final in the professional era and will have another chance to equal Margaret Court's record 24 singles majors, having lost in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals last year.

Halep potted a semi-final win against Elina Svitolina before being asked about her interest in snooker given three-time world champion Mark Selby is one of only two people she follows on Twitter.

"In the way you're asking your question, you're being quite disrespectful and you're patronizing me", Konta said. I'm more confident. I love grass - it's first time that I have said that. I have a great job and I am still pretty good at it. But I will take it like I took every match since I'm here.

Strycova held for 1-1 in the first set but any notion that a contest would break out disappeared in the blink of an eye as she was overwhelmed by the Williams power to trail 5-1.

Especially when facing Williams if she's this dialed-in. The second cost her a point, and the third cost her a game. She also reached the Australian Open final in 2018, but her previous best at the All England Club had been a spot in the semifinals in 2014.

"It feels awesome. It is the first semi-final for me, and I actually didn't expect it to happen here", she said.

"The match was not easy, the games were long and went deep".

Simona Halep dispatched Elina Svitolina in straight sets to reach her first Wimbledon final, winning 6-1 6-3 in just over an hour.

Over the last two weeks, top seeds have been turfed out of Wimbledon at a rate of knots in both the men's and women's tournament. I'm not giving up anymore. "I just really will try my best and I will fight as much as I can".

"It won't be a match Serena will feel good about - Strycova won't allow Serena to blow her away using one tactic".

However, Halep broke again immediately and 24-year-old Svitolina gave an indication of her increasing frustration when she netted a simple volley and lashed out, kicking the ball into the net.

And after an up-and-down first half of the year, due in part to injury and illness, she sure does appear to have lifted her level considerably.

The 27-year-old Romanian dashed across the court to get to Svitolina's drop shot and flashed it cross court. Svitolina took a 1-0 lead in the second set and went back-and-forth with Halep until take a 3-2 lead in the fifth game, with Halep losing on a forehand forced error. So was her body language, including when Halep looked up at her coach, yelled and extended an arm in the first set's final game.

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