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Serena to face Halep in Wimbledon final

Published : 12 Jul 2019, 01:16

  DF-Xinhua Report

Serena Williams of the United States competes during the women's singles quarterfinal match with her compatriot Alison Riske at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Britain, on July 9, 2019. File Photo Xinhua.

Seven-time winner Serena Williams breezed past Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 to enter the Wimbledon finals here on Thursday.

Williams, who turns 38 in September, needed only 59 minutes for the victory.

The American has become the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the Open era. She will fight for her 24th Grand Slam singles title against seventh seed Simona Halep, who beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-1, 6-3 in an earlier match.

Williams, who won her first Wimbledon title in 2002, will be playing her 11th final at the grass court Grand Slam. She had lost three previously, including last year's defeat to Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Halep, the French Open champion in 2018, entered the final at the Grand Slam event for the fifth time. Her previous best feat here was last four finish in 2014.