Serena Williams wins in 59 minutes to reach 11th Wimbledon final

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Serena Williams smiles her way into an 11th Wimbledon final
Serena Williams smiles her way into an 11th Wimbledon final

Serena Williams took just 59 minutes to dismiss her semi-finals opponent  6-1, 6-2 to reach her 11th Wimbledon final.

The victory sets up a clash against Romanian, Simona Halep in the final on Centre Court on Saturday, with Williams presented with an opportunity to chase her record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion had played more tougher games en route to the semi-finals, but difference in experience was evident as she beat Barbora Strycova, who was playing a Wimbledon semi-final for the first time.

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Playing her 37th Grand Slam semi-final,  the World No. 10-ranked Williams took charge right from the start, Strycova, with a 54th world ranking, could not match that experience, though she showed some bravery.

Good serves and a more defensive play saw the American  break the Czech's serve in the fourth game, and then won the set within 27 minutes.

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Strycova fought back in the second set, prevailing in the long rallies, but Williams' serve remained impregnable and like she did in the first set, quickly wrapped up the second for her 11th Wimbledon final.

The 37-year-old will take on Halep on Centre Court on Saturday, aiming to match Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 major titles.

At this year's competition, the American, who won her first Wimbledon title in 2000, began her campaign on a more cautious note, but played her best against fellow American Alison Riske in the quarter-finals.

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She took the first set of that quarter-finals 6-4, but lost the second 4-6 before recovering to win 6-3.

She was a finalist at last year's competition, denied the chance to win her 24th Granc Slam title as she was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by German Angelique Kerber.

After beating Strycova, the former World No.1 said she it was good to be back in the final and was looking forward to the game against Halep on Saturday.

"It’s good, especially after my year! It feels good to be back in the final. I just needed some matches.

"Every match I’m improving. Now I’m feeling good I can do what I do best, and that’s playing tennis.

"It’s just a remarkable experience. Halep is tough. We always have tough matches. I look forward to it," said Williams who has a 9-2 winning record over Halep in their previous 11 meetings.