Monday, 18 November, 2019

Simona Halep: positive attitude is key in the final with Serena Williams

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Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2019, 18:27

In the last decade, her rise has been steady. The past two meetings were also on the Grand Slam stage.

This will be Halep's first final at Wimbledon.

As she told Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated in 2018, she still sees the procedure as the biggest sacrifice of her career, as well as one that allowed her the last decade of success.

"I feel like if we had this technology 20 years ago, maybe Michael Jordan would still be playing basketball. Yeah, I feel really calm about it".

She was clear in her game plan and her intentions-yo-yo Serena around the court to take advantage of her superior movement and fitness-and executed it to perfection. I understand that it's what a lot of people know her for.

That sentiment sounds like it could be trouble for Halep, who is 1-3 in Grand Slam finals so far, with the one title coming at Roland Garros past year. 7 to Serena's No. 11-and already being a major champion, Halep entered this match as a significant underdog. Eastern time on ESPN.

Djokovic's win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals after winning the first set, following his win over Bautista Agut.

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The double-duchess appearance will also come after Meghan found herself in a bit of hot water over her alleged Wimbledon behavior. So, obviously, Serena would be happy if Meghan continued to ignore the hate on social media and attended her matches.

Going for No. 24, Serena Williams will face Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final. The two have not squared off at Wimbledon since 2011 when Williams survived three sets in a second-round matchup. Williams needed three sets to advance past the Round of 16 at this year's Australian Open.

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The current holder of that prestigious dish is Angelique Kerber, who lost to Lauren Davis earlier in the tournament, but Serena has won it seven times and will quite fancy an eighth today.

Serena Williams no longer wants to obsess about elusive Grand Slam "number 24" and Simona Halep is desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop the American reaching that milestone but there will be no place for either to hide in Saturday's final.

Additionally, Halep is the first Romanian woman to make the Wimbledon final. It's also the first time a player from Romania has won a singles title at Wimbledon. "I will focus on myself". Grass hasn't been Halep's strong suit in the past, but the 27-year-old said she's become more comfortable on the surface the last couple of years.

When asked if she had ever played better than that by Sue Barker on the BBC, she replied: 'Never.