Serena, Halep roll, advance to Wimbledon final

Serena Williams is gunning for Margaret Court's record at Wimbledon. Image Getty

A little insight into one aspect of the way she approaches matches arrived via her answer to a question looking ahead to Saturday's Wimbledon final against No. 7-seeded Simona Halep.

Svitolina, the No. 8 seed, had never been to the final four at any Slam before this tournament.

Serena Williams and Simona Halep meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.

This is the first time Strycova has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam after she stunned Britain's Jo Konta in the quarter-finals.

Williams will be aiming for her 24th Grand Slam singles title, which would tie Margaret Court for the all-time record. In the victory, Halep won 74 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. As it is, the 33-year-old Strycova was the oldest first-time Grand Slam semifinalist in the professional era.

It took her 53 major tournaments to get this deep. Yes, of course she can. "It's one of the best moments of my life". "I will enjoy. I have really at this point nothing to lose".

The pressure will ramp up in the next 24 hours, especially after falling short in her last two Grand Slam finals - here a year ago against Angelique Kerber and then, infamously in NY where Serena lost her cool in defeat by Naomi Osaka.

While all eyes are on seven-time Wimbledon champ Serena Williams for the Women's title, it's anyone's game.

"I remember after that, I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit".

Halep, playing her second semifinal here, having lost to Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in 2014, has often spoken about "chilling" this year.

Halep said if she dwelt on Williams' records over the past 21 years it might be game over before she stepped on court for a contest compatriot and gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci said would be "watched by every Romanian alive on the planet". 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.

"Yeah, I had to get to those finals, looking back, to even be in those two finals previous year was unbelievable", she said. After Williams won the fourth game of the set, Strycova was in position to take the fifth game, before a double fault at 30-30 and an easy unforced error at the net for game point gave Serena the lead. I feel like she's back.

That's right, 12 percent men believe they could steal a point off the 37-year-old GOAT.

Cori Gauff - or "Coco", the moniker she preferences when addressed - has astounded the tennis world and casual fan alike with her sudden presence and scintillating performances at this year's Wimbledon.

However, the last time Serena tasted grand slam gold was the 2017 Australian Open, when she was pregnant.

If it's going to help to have a reminder that Halep is capable of beating her because she DID beat her once, why not focus on THAT? "But now I feel stronger, mentally, facing her".

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

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