Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep - 7/13/19 Wimbledon Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Serena returned to tennis to hunt down Slam No. 24 says coach

Serena returned to tennis to hunt down Slam No. 24, says coach

While Svitolina would break back at love, that was pretty much the end of her challenge to Halep, who scrambled to cover the court so well, took balls early and created angles that earned her points.

In the run-up to Wimbledon, however, injuries and illness had limited Williams to just seven matches since the Australian Open in January.

Jon Wertheim: It sounds trite, but Halep needs to stay aggressive-as she was in the semis-and not let Serena bully her around the court. Williams blasted her fourth ace by Strycova to win the game. She is confident because she is winning matches in single.

Halep is 1-3 in career grand slam final appearances and this is her first shot to win Wimbledon. Another game of the same length followed, and there again were three break points, except the difference was that Halep converted her last when Svitolina pushed a backhand wide.

"It's an incredible feeling and I'm really excited - and also nervous because of this", Halep said.

Daniel Rapaport: She has to start well.

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Serena Williams, however, refused to join the list of illustrious departures and booked a 12 semifinal at the All England Club with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over fellow American Alison Riske on Tuesday.

"The match was not easy, the games were long and went deep".

"You have no idea how much she worked, how hard she worked to come back to that level and she came back for that (record) so it will probably mean a lot if she makes it". It was just a dominant performance.

Their three prior meetings have all come in Grand Slams, have all gone Serena's way and have all been straight setters. But this time it's been especially stark. She played unbelievable today.

And last September, again the red mist came down across her furious and disbelieving eyes as she railed against the perceived injustice heaped on her by the chair umpire Carlos Ramos and lost in the most theatrical exit. Williams now serces for a spot in the final opposite Halep.

Williams has missed the chance to equal Australian Court's record on two occasions since returning from giving birth - losing last year's Wimbledon final and then a bad-tempered defeat in the US Open final.

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Plus, Williams enters her 11th final at the All England Club well aware that she has lost her past two championship matches at Grand Slam tournaments - against Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open, both in 2018.

Even on Halep's serve, Williams needs to play aggressively and use her superior power to control points. In the victory, Halep won 74 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points.

DR: Just play aggressively. Until Halep calmed her outer shell over the past couple of years, she was among the most volatile of competitors on the WTA Tour.

Should she win, she will be making history.

But she has shown already she can deal with a partisan crowd having beaten 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Monday.

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