Serena Williams vs Simona Halep, Wimbledon 2019 women's final

Serena returned to tennis to hunt down Slam No. 24, says coach

Serena returned to tennis to hunt down Slam No. 24, says coach

Williams, as she admitted on Thursday after her best performance of the tournament - a 59-minute demolition of Barbora Strycova - can not be sure from day to day how she will handle the pressures and expectations of her calling, even though she is by overwhelming consensus the finest player of her era.

Williams will hope for a happier ending than being out-played both by Angelique Kerber in last year's Wimbledon final and Naomi Osaka in the US Open final where a spectacular meltdown torpedoed her cause, leading her to eventually consult a therapist. Serena won 75 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her five break points.

United States' Serena Williams returns to Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during a women's singles semifinal match on day ten of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

She battles Simona Halep in the 2019 Wimbledon final at 9 a.m. EDT Saturday in London.

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

"It's an incredible feeling", Halep, who will now play in her fourth grand slam final, told the BBC.

However, she will want her serve to be more reliable than it was in the early stages of her ultimately easy semi-final win over Elina Svitolina.

Mouratoglou said that despite Williams claiming she was not thinking too much about the record, it was something they would be focussing on before the final. Halep is going for her second major. 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.

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Woods and Williams are close friends.

"Now (Barb0ra) is at the top of her game", Strycova's coach Lukas Dlouhy said.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Elina Svitolina that took 16 games to decide.

Although Svitolina stayed with Halep for the first part of the second set, the self-belief and fight had gone and when the Romanian broke for 4-3 it was game over.

The former No. 1 never had that kind of success at Wimbledon until now. She played unbelievable today. Then she pulled out of matches or missed tournaments entirely because of an illness or a bad left knee.

"It's an awesome feeling and I'm really excited - and also nervous because of this", Halep said.

Asked during a Wimbledon press conference about her reasons for following Selby, Halep conceded that she was not a snooker fan but she does have some rather exclusive merchandise. "But now I feel stronger, mentally, facing her".

Set 2 was more of the same as Strycova was visibly in pain and even let a pair of screams out on Centre Court. We will see what is going to happen. Or that Williams soundly beat Halep later at that same tournament.

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