United States' Serena Williams returns to Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova in a Women's semifinal singles match on day ten of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 11, 2019. She also needs to stay positive and remind herself that A. She has won a major more recently than Serena B. Serena has not met the moment in her last two major finals and C. she is the superior mover.
Matches start times: Halep vs. Svitolina at 8 a.m. EDT, Serena Williams vs. Strycova at 9:15 a.m. EDT.
Having dropped just one set on her way to the semis, the 33-year-old Czech has knocked out four seeds: No 32 Lesia Tsurenko, No 4 Kiki Bertens, No 21 Elise Mertens (where she came from a set and 2-5 down), and No 19 Johanna Konta to become the oldest first-time Slam semi-finalist in the Open Era.
And after finding her feel for the contest, Williams broke in the fourth game, creaming a crosscourt forehand past Strycova at the net.
Simona Halep's overall record in finals is 18-17, though she has lost her last three - Cincinnati 2018 to Kiki Bertens, Doha 2019 to Elise Mertens and Madrid 2019 to Bertens again.
"I have really nothing to lose". "I think the best I can do is put myself in the positions, to give myself the opportunity to keep going further and further". "I'm a different person", said the 27-year-old Romanian.
Set 2 was more of the same as Strycova was visibly in pain and even let a pair of screams out on Centre Court.
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.
In the Open Era, only 10 other players have pulled this feat off, with Chris Evert having done it the most times with six and Williams now tied on four with Stefanie Graf.
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"I look forward to it", Williams said.
Williams was also fined $10,000 for damaging a court with her racket during a practice session at the All England Club this month. "Now that I am past older, I feel a little bit less pressure".
"I wouldn't have won that match a couple of weeks ago".
"As for me, I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love - one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn't stop winning", she wrote.
For anyone, really, when Williams is at her best. "That's what we're going to do". Serena got 61 percent of hr first serves in play, saved all three of her break points and hit 28 winners to 10 unforced errors. "You got this" and few points later, with an ace, she had the match wrapped up.
Woods and Williams are close friends.
Five of the first 11 points lasted at least 10 strokes; two went 23.
While Williams is chasing a place in the history books, Halep has her own points to prove. Or that Williams soundly beat Halep later at that same tournament.