TENNIS

Wimbledon Open Women

Serena Williams powered through to her 11th Wimbledon final as she overwhelmed unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in a brutal 6-1 6-2 victory on centre court.

Williams set up a showdown with Romanian former world number one Simona Halep in tomorrow's final.

The 37-year-old Williams will become the oldest woman to contest a grand slam final in the professional era and victory will take her alongside Margaret court's record 24 singles majors.

Strycova boasts a tricky game that scrambled the mind of Britain's Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.

But seven-times Wimbledon champion Williams is made of much sterner stuff and simply bulldozed her way through her opponent's lightweight resistance.

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Meanwhile, Simona Halep became the first Romanian woman to reach a Wimbledon singles final with a composed 6-1 6-3 win over Ukrainian eighth seed Elina Svitolina.

Svitolina failed to hold her serve even once during the opening set and it was all over in just 73 minutes when the Ukrainian smacked a backhand into the net.

Halep awaits the winner of the second semi-final between seven-times Wimbledon champion Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

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