Serena in Wimbledon final, on verge of tying all-time Grand Slam record She’ll play Simona Halep on Saturday for 24th major title and history

The greatest tennis player of our era is on a roll again, and she’s not letting any obstacles get in her way.

When many people thought she didn’t have much in the tank, Serena Williams, arguably the greatest tennis player to pick up a racket, is going back to a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon for the first time since her 2018 US Open final loss last August.

Williams defeated Barbora Strýcová in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 on Centre Court Thursday morning at Wimbledon. Saturday’s final will be the future Hall of Famer’s 12th Wimbledon finals appearance in her career. Coming into the match, there were concerns about Williams’ health, as she rolled her ankle in her quarterfinal match against Alison Riske. But Williams did not allow Strýcová to gain any momentum at all throughout the Thursday match.

Not only did Williams have injury concerns before the semifinals, but she had some health problems leading up to the tournament. It was reported Williams withdrew from the Miami Open due to a left knee injury in March, and pulled out of the Italian Open two months later.

Williams endured health concerns last season as well. During her tremendous 2018 run, people didn’t know how Williams would play after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis. Though she didn’t win any 2018 Grand Slam tournaments, she was able to reach the Wimbledon final and the US Open final, where she lost to Naomi Osaka.

So Saturday, Williams will have the chance to make history again, in her quest for her eighth Wimbledon title, and 24th Grand Slam title that would tie for the most Grand Slam singles titles in women’s history.

She will face a familiar opponent in Simona Halep in the final. Halep has played in three Grand Slam tournaments and won the 2018 French Open.

And if playing for the Wimbledon women’s singles title wasn’t enough, Williams had also been playing mixed doubles with Andy Murray, but the pair lost in the Round of 16 on Wednesday.

Andy Murray (right) of Britain and Serena Williams (left) of the U.S. during their third round mixed doubles match against Bruno Soares of Brazil and Nicole Melichar of the U.S. during the Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on July 10.

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