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S. Williams (USA)
S. Halep (ROU)
|S. Williams (USA) (11)||2||2|
|S. Halep (ROU) ||6||6|
|Set won by S. Halep||2 - 6||S. Halep leads 0 to 2|
|Set won by S. Halep||2 - 6||S. Halep leads 0 to 1|
Serena Williams and Simona Halep meet in the final of the ladies singles at Wimbledon. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 11pm (AEST).
Father time continues to throw challenges at the greatest female tennis player in history yet Serena Williams keeps finding the answers time and time again. She has scrapped her way though to the final after being taken to three sets in a trio of matches yet managed to find her way past opponents through sheer will and a touch of class.
Alison Riske provided the toughest of all challenges for the 11th seed and Williams only prevailing 6-3 in the deciding set of a high quality quarter-final match up. Her semi-final against Barbora Strycova was far more impressive and the American lost just three games on her way to victory.
More comfortably, Simona Halep has lost just the one set on her path to the final. The Romanian has looked impressive and dealt with quality players such as Victoria Azarenka and Elina Svitolina in fine style.
The 27-year-old will be looking to pin a second major title to her resume, adding a Wimbledon crown to her 2018 French Open victory. Last year was her most successful to this point in her career, with a finals appearance at the Australian Open starting her season off on the right foot.
Some late-season injury and inconsistency saw her finish the year disappointingly after taking over the number one ranking.
Williams will be looking to add an astonishing 24th major title to her legacy as she takes to the court in her 11th Wimbledon singles final.
Letting that soak in is the first step in truly understanding the greatness of Williams. Soon to be 38 years of age, she defies the natural decline that occurs as players pass their mid-thirties and has a more than even chance of beating Halep to raise the trophy yet again.
The American has a 9-1 winning record against Halep and with the ghosts of past matches no doubt in her mind, the Romanian will need to find something special to manage her way past the big serving and mentally strong Williams.
Despite Halep looking good in this event, the power, placement and consistency of the Williams serve on grass will prove too much for the diminutive Romanian.
Hopefully things remain tight and Williams has displayed some cracks in her play over the fortnight, but with time running out to snare titles, she knows each opportunity must be taken with both hands.
Williams in two sets. 6-3 7-5.
Where: Wimbledon, London
When: Saturday 13th July 2019, 11pm (AEST)
TV: Channel 7
Betting: Serena Williams $1.52, Simona Halep $2.55