Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final

LONDON, July 6, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Serena Williams competes during the women's singles third round match between Serena Williams of the United States and Julia Goerges of Germany at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Britain, on July 6, 2019. (Xinhua/Lu Yang/IANS)

London, Seven-time winner Serena Williams breezed past Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 to enter the Wimbledon final here on Thursday. Williams, who turns 38 in September, needed only 59 minutes to wrap up the contest.

The American has now become the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the Open era. She will fight for her 24th Grand Slam singles title against seventh seed Romanian Simona Halep, who beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-1, 6-3 in the first semifinal, Xinhua news reports.

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 a Grand Slam event for the fifth time. Her previous best at the Wimbledon is a last-four finish in 2014.