Tennis: Wimbledon

Simona Halep celebrates match point during her match against Elina Svitolina on day 10 at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club.

Simona Halep surged into her first Wimbledon final with a 73-minute straight-set victory over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Thursday.

Halep will meet the winner of the other semifinal clash between Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova in Saturday’s final.

The seventh seed in the women’s draw, Halep won 6-1, 6-3, pushing the Romanian into a Grand Slam final with the potential to match up with seven-time Wimbledon winner Williams.

“It is one of the best moments of my life,” Halep said in her post-match interview. “I’m really excited but also nervous. I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. It was not as easy as the score shows. I fought really hard. (Svitolina) is an amazing player and it’s always tough to play against her.”

Halep advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014 but never reached the final.

Williams is 9-2 all-time against Halep, including their only meeting at Wimbledon (2011 in the round of 64). The past two meetings were also on the Grand Slam stage. Williams won in three sets in the 2019 Australian Open and took another three-setter at the 2016 US Open.

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