A year after she lost to Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams is through to her 11th Wimbledon final, defeating Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes! The American has reached at least one Major final in every season since 2001 except 2006, becoming the oldest Grand Slam finalist at the age of 37 years and nine months, moving ahead of Martina Navratilova who competed here at Wimbledon at similar age 25 years ago.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion has become the third player with 32 Major finals after Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, earning a chance to fight for the 24th singles crown on Saturday against Simona Halep who took down Elina Svitolina in the first semis.
Just like in that encounter, Serena was the only player on the court, dominating from start to finish against the 33-year-old rival who played in her first semi-final at this level, unable to deliver her best tennis against such a strong opponent on the other side of the net.
Serena lost only 11 points behind the initial shot, saving all three break points she faced and taking half of the return points for four breaks, enough to propel her over the finish line and send into another final at the All England Club, 17 years after the first one!
With 27 winners and ten unforced errors, the American ruled the court and kept the points on her racquet, taming her strokes nicely and never stepping back against the opponent who managed only eight winners and ten mistakes.
Serena broke in the fourth and sixth games of the opener, fending off those three break points at 5-3 to close the set and gain a boost, continuing in the same style in set number two. There, Strycova suffered a break at 2-2 and another one in game seven after a terrible volley, allowing Serena to seal the deal with a forehand winner at 5-2 for the place in the 11th Wimbledon final.