Wimbledon 2019 Final: How to Watch Serena Williams vs

Simona Halep became the first Romanian woman to reach the Wimbledon final on Thursday when she defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.

Maybe she is saving the growl for the final against tenacious Romanian former world number one Simona Halep when, for the third time, she will stand one win away from matching Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slams singles titles.

Chasing a second major after finally breaking through at last year's French Open, Halep will play seven-times champion Serena Williams in Saturday's championship decider.

Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams' coach, says the tennis great is "pain-free" and ready to make a run for breaking the Grand Slam win record.

The whole world expects Serena to have a historic afternoon on Centre Court, and if Williams gets off to a fast start, her victory will feel nearly inevitable. I'm not thinking about her record. It's nothing about that.

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.

The size of the challenge confronting her is reflected in having won just one of her 10 previous meetings with Williams, although she has regularly taken her to three sets.

Williams played cleanly, accumulating almost twice as many winners as unforced errors, 28-10. The match lasted just 59 minutes. I never forgot it.

"I definitely feel a lot more pressure as I got older", Williams said after beating Alison Riske in three sets in the quarterfinals, then clarifying just how much experience she actually has. "I have a great job, and I'm still pretty good at what I do, I guess".

"There's so many impressive things about her". No one in the draw has hit more than her 45 aces but, for someone who red-lines her power at around 120mph, she has logged surprisingly few double-faults: 11, in fact, which is a risk-reward ratio of about four to one. "Can't underestimate her. She's like a little powerhouse". But nothing compares with her journey back following her daughter's birth - since that birth led to Serena fighting to save her own life.

- Serena again defeats her sister, the two-time defending champion. 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. When I go on court. When the ball is coming to me, now I know what to do with it.

And last September, again the red mist came down across her furious and disbelieving eyes as she railed against the perceived injustice heaped on her by the chair umpire Carlos Ramos and lost in the most theatrical exit. Of course, I respect what she has done and what she's doing. "She was really strong". She won both the marathon opening games and was 2-0 up after 20 minutes of play.

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

Williams is on the cusp of tying the all-time record Grand Slam victories with her final match at Wimbledon 2019. Like I just am more calm. "Now I'm in a different place".

In truth, it's this which makes me think that the market price of [1.57] about the veteran American looks about right. "Garbine started playing really well and I just had to think to stay out there and work really hard".

  • Julie Sanders