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Halep through to Wimbledon Open final

London, Jul 11 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/11/2019 11:41:36 AM IST

Simona Halep booked her spot in a first Wimbledon ladies final with a demolition job on Elina Svitolina.

The Romanian, a former world number one, secured her place in Saturday’s showpiece occasion with a 6-1 6-3 victory over the Ukrainian No.8 seed in 73 minutes.

The 27-year-old, a proven Grand Slam champion, was full of joy after becoming the first woman from her country to play in this prestigious final.

It had threaten to be a long, drawn-out first semi-final with the first two games taking 20 minutes to get going.

Yet after that Halep was in no mood to hang around on a hot afternoon on Centre Court, cruising through the games, hitting the ball cleanly and destroying her weary opponent.

Halep took the first set 6-1 on the sixth set point and then thanks to a crucial break in the seventh game of the second set the victory was achieved.

Halep said, “It’s an amazing feeling. I am really excited and nervous. It’s one of the best moments of my life. I will try to enjoy everything. I am happy to get there.”

“It wasn’t as easy as the score showed. Every game was long and deep. I fought hard. It was tough to play. I played the right tactic. I was stronger mentally and physically. I have more experience. I am positive on court, I don’t give up anymore. I have learned a lot. I will fight until the end.”

Meanwhile, Serena Williams made light work of Barbora Strycova to reach the Wimbledon final and stand one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

The American was just too powerful for the Czech in a 6-1 6-2 win that set up a final against Romania’s Simona Halep.

Williams, chasing an eighth singles title here, dominated throughout against Strycova, who at 33 was the oldest Grand Slam semi-final debutant.

The American wrapped up victory with just 59 minutes on the clock.

Federer, Nadal set up blockbuster semifinal
Swiss legend Roger Federer rallied from a set down to defeat Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and set up a showdown in the Wimbledon semifinals against arch-rival Rafael Nadal, a contest that will be their first at the Cathedral of Tennis since the epic 2008 men’s singles final.
Nadal also struggled in the early going of his quarterfinal match on Wednesday against American Sam Querrey before finding a higher gear to win 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, reports Efe news.
With his 100th match victory at the Wimbledon, the most he has recorded at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments, 37-year-old Federer set up the dream contest once more against Nadal that fans have been waiting for ever since the draw was unveiled.
Ahead of that contest, Federer told the media he expected a different match than the ones they played at Wimbledon more than a decade ago. Last month the two met in another epic clash at the Roland Garros, where the Spaniard defeated the Swiss veteran.
When Federer and Nadal meet in Friday’s match, it will be their first match at Wimbledon since the 2008 final, when the Spaniard held off a thrilling comeback by the Swiss to win 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7.
That contest was the longest final ever at Wimbledon and is widely considered the greatest match in tennis history.

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