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Serena, Halep roll, advance to Wimbledon final

LONDON — Serena Williams will play in the Wimbledon final for the 11th time and will be looking for her eighth title at the All England Club. Simona Halep will play in her first.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals on Centre Court while Halep defeated Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.

Williams converted four of her five break points, while Strycova failed on all three of her chances.

The 11th-seeded American, who lost in last year’s final, needs one more major title to equal the all-time record of 24 set by Margaret Court.

Halep broke Svitolina three times in the first set, and then again to take a 4-3 lead in the second. She won the match with another break in the final game.

“It was not (as) easy as the score shows,” said the No. 7-seeded Halep, who compiled a 26-10 edge in winners.

The Romanian won the French Open last year and has reached the final at Roland Garros on two other occasions. She also reached the Australian Open final in 2018, but her previous best at the All England Club had been a spot in the semifinals in 2014.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m really excited — and also nervous because of this,” Halep said. “It’s one of the best moments of my life.”

Svitolina, seeded No. 8, had never been to the final four at any Slam before this tournament.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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