Wimbledon LIVE: A lot to look forward to in Serena vs Simona Halep final

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There is a lot to look forward to as Serena Williams chases her record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and maiden since her return after the birth of daughter Olympia.

The 2019 Wimbledon Women’s singles final on Saturday, July 13, pits Serena Williams against Simona Halep at the Centre Court, All England Club, Wimbledon, London.

The match for India fans will be live on Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select 2 HD from 7 pm (IST).

The 37-year-old, seven-time champion Venus is through to her 11th final at the All England Club, defeating Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-finals. This will be her second successive appearance in the Wimbledon Finals, having lost to Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3 last year.

Simona has set up the title clash with Venus with an easy 6-1, 6-3 win over Elina Svitolina in what will be her fifth grand slam first Wimbledon final.

“It feels good to be back in the final. It’s good, especially after my year. I just needed some matches. I know I’m improving and I just needed to feel good and then I can do what I do best which is play tennis,” said 11th seed Serena. “I love what I do, I wake up every morning and I get to be fit and play sport and play in front of crowds like here at Wimbledon – not everyone can do that. I’m still pretty good at what I do and it’s always an amazing experience.”

Simona, seeded 7th, added, “As a player I can say that I have a better game these days. I can play everywhere, against anyone. It’s good that I have more plans. When I go on court and face an opponent, I know how to play against her.

“Also I know how to change some things when it doesn’t work very well. As a person, I’m trying just to be confident, to be positive. I’m working hard to do the best always when I step on the court.

“I talked to my mum after the match. About ten, 15 years ago she said her dream is [the] final in Wimbledon because everyone is here, the Royal Box. She said I think it’s an unbelievable moment. So today her dream came true, so I will play a final.”

Simona Halep lost against Serena Williams at the 2019 Australian Open in January.

Serena vs. Simona head-to-head

Serena Williams

Age: 37

Nationality: American

World ranking: 10

Plays: right-handed

WTA singles titles: 72

Grand slam titles: 23

Simona Halep

Age: 27

Nationality: Romanian

World ranking: 7

Plays: right-handed

WTA singles titles: 18

Grand slam titles: 1

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