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- The 2019 women’s final begins at 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) on Saturday, July 13.
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Williams could make history at Wimbledon on Saturday with a record-equaling 24thGrand Slam title. The 37-year-old dismantled Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in the semifinal to set up a final against Romania’s Simona Halep.
It took Williams just 59 minutes to win 6-1, 6-2 and book her 11th Wimbledon final, which will also see her become the oldest ever Grand Slam women’s singles finalist.
She has won seven of the 10 finals she’s played in south west London and an eighth crown would see her draw level with Margaret Court as the most successful player in the history of women’s singles.
Reaching the final is a remarkable achievement in itself and not just because it means Williams has now played in the final of a Grand Slam tournament in each of the last 13 years. Up until she got to Wimbledon, the veteran had only played 12 matches and pulled out of three tournaments due to a host of injuries.
Her hopes of winning a first Grand Slam tournament since 2017 appeared slim, but Williams has come into form at the right time.
“It’s good, especially after my year,” she was quoted as saying by the BBC after the semifinal. “I just needed some matches. I know I’m improving and I just needed to feel good and then I can do what I do best which is play tennis.”
Williams has dropped just two sets so far in the tournament, one of which came in the quarterfinal against Alison Riske. The 37-year-old struggled against her fellow American but was never in any trouble against Strycova and arrives into the final as the favorite.
She will, however, know better than to underestimate Halep, who is the highest-seeded player left in the tournament. The former world number one made light work of number eight seed Elina Svitolina in the semifinal, winning 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour.
The Romanian has beaten Williams just once in their previous 10 meetings but insisted her record against the 23-time Grand Slam winner was not cause for concern.
“I will believe that I have my chance to win against her [Williams],” she said after beating Svitolina. “Of course, I respect a lot what she has done and what she’s doing. But now I feel stronger mentally facing her. We will see what is going to happen. It’s just a big challenge for me.”
While Williams has 10 Wimbledon finals under her belt, Saturday will mark the first time Halep features in the showpiece match of the grass-court season. Up until this year, the Romanian’s best result in south west London came in 2014 when she reached the semifinals.