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Serena, Halep roll, advance to Wimbledon final

Serena, Halep roll, advance to Wimbledon final”

Serena Williams will play in the Wimbledon final for the 11th time and will be looking for her eighth title at the All England Club.

Seven-time champion Williams made short work of plucky unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova, whose experience of her first ever Grand Slams singles semi-final in her 53rd campaign lasted just under an hour as she lost 6-1, 6-2.

However, come Saturday's final Williams said there was no guarantee it would be the young calmer version walking out on to Centre Court but the one that was pumped up in her three-set quarter-final victory over Alison Riske.

She revealed she had recalled prior to her semi-final how she felt when she won her first Wimbledon title beating elder sister Venus 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in 2002. "It's one of the best moments of my life".

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

Williams took the next point with a swinging forehand volley victor on the 16th stroke, then one after that when Strycova's mediocre drop shot landed in the net.

"I've had a lot of things happen to me at that particular tournament in general", Williams said.

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"I love what I do, I'm still pretty good at what I do and it's always an fantastic experience". Svitolina had the same fate to fall behind 2-0 in the first set. At Flushing Meadows, she was outplayed by Naomi Osaka in a match that descended into chaos after Williams was docked a game for a heated argument with the chair umpire.

And when Halep's relentless play and ability to keep rallies alive forced her all the way to two match points on Svitolina's serve, her opponent was only able to save one of them as Halep forced a backhand into the net to secure victory after just 73 minutes.

LONDON-There were no intimidating roars of "c'mon", few fist pumps and the volume was turned down on the grunting that often accompanies her matches as Serena Williams marched into her 11th Wimbledon singles final on Thursday.

Halep seemed headed for a long day when her semifinal against Svitolina began with a pair of games encompassing 32 points across 20 minutes.

Like Strycova, Svitolina never had been to the final four at any Slam. Also, Halep has a ridiculous track record of coming off small in final appearances, losing three of her four grand slam finals and nine of her last 12 finals overall. Now, if I face her, I will believe that I have my chance to win against her.

"I just feel like we know so much more about our bodies". 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. "It definitely feels good to be back in the final", Williams, who has played sparingly this year because knee problems, said.



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