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Serena, Halep roll, advance to Wimbledon final

Serena, Halep roll, advance to Wimbledon final

The 2018 French Open champion says she has grown to love grass and has no fear of facing Williams, who will be out to equal Margaret Court's record tally of 24 grand slam singles titles on Saturday. Overall, she has reached the last four at 37 major tournaments, putting her in a tie with Steffi Graf for third most in the professional era. Halep hopes to win her second grand slam title and the 19th title of her career.

What are the keys to the match for Halep?

The pressure will ramp up in the next 24 hours, especially after falling short in her last two Grand Slam finals - here past year against Angelique Kerber and then, infamously in NY where Serena lost her cool in defeat by Naomi Osaka.

The crowd were willing Strycova to hang in for a little longer and roared their approval when she showed great defensive skills to win the first point as Williams served for the match - the 54th-ranked Czech raising her arms in salute.

Williams destroyed Barbora Strycova in the semifinals, winning 6-1, 6-2 in just 59 minutes.

Serena Williams (USA) at a change of ends during her match against Barbora Strycova (CZE) on day 10 at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. This is her first Wimbledon final. "I play some drop shots", said Halep, who came out on top in eight of the 10 net points she was engaged in on Thursday.

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After all that, it will be a surprise - not on the scale of her defeat by Vinci in NY - if Williams does not stand in the middle of Centre Court as the freshly crowned queen of Wimbledon, and the game itself.

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While her comeback journey seemed to dominate the narrative surrounding her in 2018 as she made two Grand Slam finals, it feels like we're back to taking for granted that she'll have deep runs in major tournaments - even though we're still waiting for her next victory.

What are the keys to the match for Williams?

"Halep is arguably the most consistent top-level player on the women's tour when Serena isn't around", Mair told SportsLine. It was just a dominant performance.

"You can try and overpower her which is most likely what will happen, but it's not going to be one-way traffic". But this time it's been especially stark.

"It's a great feeling to face Serena in a Grand Slam final", said the 27-year-old.

"Yeah, I had to get to those finals, looking back, to even be in those two finals previous year was unbelievable", she said.

Considering Halep developed her baseline skills "on the sand and also in the water of the sea", it is perhaps unsurprising that she was initially considered something of a claycourt specialist.

DR: Just play aggressively. Bookmakers list Williams as a -184 favorite (risk $184 to win $100) in the latest Williams vs. Halep odds, with the latter getting +156 (risk $100 to win $156) as the underdog. Keep the points short, dictate with the serve, that sort of thing. And for another, she needs to stay calm on the court.