Williams beat the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals on Centre Court. She converted four of her five break points, while Strycova failed on all three of her chances.
Saturday, Williams will face Romanian Simona Halep and appears to be one step closer to achieving a record-equalling 24th major title win.
“It’s really not about 24 or 23 or 25. It’s really just about going out there and giving my best effort, no matter what. No matter what I do, I will always have a great career,” said Williams. “Like, I just kind of let it go this morning.”
It’s the 11th final at the All England Club for Williams, the first for Halep, whose only major trophy came at the French Open last year.
They’ve played each other 10 previous times, with Williams winning nine, including a three-setter at the Australian Open in January.
“I respect a lot what she has done and what she’s doing,” said Halep, who, like Williams, used to be ranked No. 1. “But now I feel stronger, mentally, facing her. We will see what is going to happen. It’s just a big challenge for me.”
If Williams does take the Grand Slam, it would be a triumphant turnaround from her loss nearly a year ago at the U.S. Open in New York when she lost the title to opponent Naomi Osaka. In a personal essay she wrote for Harper’s Bazaar, the the tennis champ explains how difficult life was for her after that day.
“…I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love—one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn’t stop winning.”