Simona Halep defeated Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday to reach her first Wimbledon final. The victory made her the first woman from Romania to reach Wimbledon final.
The final will be the fifth Grand Slam final for the 2018 French Open Champion.
The twenty-seven-year-old got to the semifinals of the competition without playing a seed. The Romanian was expected to be severely tested in the last four, considering she had previously lost four of her seven matches against Svitolina.
When the two players gave each other the run around during the opening two games, which continued for 20 minutes as both refused to give an inch, it appeared like a classic match would happen.
“It’s an amazing feeling, but I am also excited and nervous. It is one of the best moments of my life,” said Halep.
“I fought hard to win this match, and I was strong, mentally, and physically, and had the right tactics.”
Halep will confront either seven-time champion Serena Williams or unseeded Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic for the title on Saturday.
Halep, who eliminated new star, fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff in the quarterfinal, lost in her past semifinal match at Wimbledon to Eugenie Bouchard five years ago.
However, she believed she was a different player now and had taken to grass.
She also added that she is more experienced in the game and does not give up any more. How the Romanian wrapped up the game had not looked on the cards at the start.
Svitolina, who is also the first woman from Ukraine to play a Grand Slam semifinal, and Halep exchanged shots galore and breakpoints in the opening two games which lasted for 20 minutes; however, Halep went ahead with a 2-0 lead.
Although Svitolina managed to raise her game to break back, Halep broke again instantly, and 24-year-old Svitolina demonstrated her frustration when she netted a simple volley and lashed out, kicking the ball into the net.
Although Svitolina stayed with Halep for the early part of the second set, the confidence and the fight had gone, and when the Romanian broke for 4-3, it was game over.
Meanwhile, in other semifinal matches, it was a natural match for Serena Williams who defeated Barbora Strycova to reach the Wimbledon final for the 11th time and stand one win from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
The American was too strong for the Czech in a 6-1 6-2 win that set up a last against Romania’s Simona Halep.
Thirty-seven-year-old Williams said she attempted to wanted to tap from the youthful Serena in an overwhelming performance that will make her the oldest woman to play the women’s Grand Slam final
She won the match in 59 minutes as she eyes her eighth Wimbledon title.