Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep - 7/13/19 Wimbledon Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

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

Reflecting on her major final losses in 2018, she said: "I had to get to those finals". Who cares if the Romanian has won only one of her previous 10 meetings with Serena Williams? "It was really tough to stay there", Halep added.

It's the 11th final at the All England Club for Williams, the first for Halep, whose only major trophy came at the French Open past year. Williams broke the Czech in the fifth game before closing out the match.

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.

(A few days later, Williams beat Halep 6-3, 6-0 in the championship match.) Halep is a clear underdog on Saturday, and to win she'll have to serve exceptionally well to put pressure on Williams and her service games. Williams lost in straight sets to Angelique Kerber in the 2018 Wimbledon final.

"I'm in a different place, because I wasn't really playing a month ago, like, at all", said Williams, who thinks her partnership with Andy Murray in mixed doubles at Wimbledon helped her volleying in singles.

Daniel Rapaport: She has to start well.

As well as all the records she's hunting, the ageless champion has the chance to follow Australian legends Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley and become only the third mother in half a century of professional tennis to win Wimbledon.

Svitolina, seeded No. 8, had never been to the final four at any Slam before this tournament. She was honestly playing fantastic, she beat so many great players. It was just a dominant performance. We see that I'm better on court. But this time it's been especially stark.

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SK: Tactically, this is a mismatch; Serena's power should overwhelm Halep.

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. Within 41 days Bartoli had retired, at only 28, after losing to Simona Halep in Cincinnati, unable to stand the aggregated pain of a long career, becoming the first Wimbledon champion not to defend her title since the 1969 victor, Ann Jones.

After tricky moments during the fortnight - dropping sets against qualifier Kaja Juvan in round two and compatriot Alison Riske in the quarter-finals, Williams is in the groove as her biggest test looms.

DR: Just play aggressively. Halep has won eight of her last nine matches on grass court. Serena hopes to win her first grand slam title since the 2017 Australian Open and her 24th grand slam title overall. Keep the points short, dictate with the serve, that sort of thing.

Serena didn't need to return to the court to solidify herself as the GOAT.

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

JW: Serena in three sets. Six of the 10 matches have been decided in straight sets.

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