Serena Williams has proved once again that she is one of the greatest tennis players in history after having won a place in an 11th Wimbledon final today.
The 37-year-old also becomes the oldest woman to challenge a grand slam final in the professional era.
Williams, who already has seven Wimbledon titles to her name, is looking for a record-like 24th big title victory that would bring her to the same level as the Australian Margaret Court.
She now faces Romanian Simona Halep in Saturday's final after demolishing Czech Barbora Strycova – who defeated Brit Jo Konta – in straight sets in a brutal match that lasted only 59 minutes.
Social media fans quickly praised the mother-of-one for her success, with one who wrote & # 39; You go Queen, congratulations warmly !! & # 39;
Serena Williams was photographed after booking her place in her 11th Wimbledon final
Williams, pictured left and right after beating Czech opponent Barbora Strycova, said brutally after the game & # 39; I am still pretty good at what I do, I think & # 39;
Watching the Royal Box today were: 1. Princess Michael of Kent 2. Phillip Brook 3, 4. John and Norma Major 5. Gill Brook 6. Lady Maggie Smith 7, 8. Claire and Caroline Foy 9, 10. David and Sandra Beckham 11, 12. Holly and Richard Branson 13. Cliff Richard 14. James Norton 15, 16. Professor Toope and Paula Rosen 17. Kristen Tomassi 18. Philippe Baijot 19, 20. Jim Courier and Susanna Lingman 21, 22. Surinder and Sunita Arora 23. Charles Trippet 24. Barbara Schett-Eagle 25. Chris Evans 26. Pam Shriver 27. Craig Tiley – CEO of Tennis Australia, former SA player 28. Daniela Hantuchova
Famous faces in the box, including John Major, Claire Foy, David Beckham and James Norton, came forward to praise Serena after her victory
Serena Williams celebrates after beating Barbora Strycova in the Czech Republic during the women's semi-final
The search for Margaret Court's record number of major wins has weighed heavily on Williams in her defeats in the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year.
Her defeat against Naomi Osaka in New York was also marred by a lawsuit with referee Carlos Ramos, who filed her a game and by the veteran as & # 39; thief & # 39; was labeled.
Her last grand slam victory was at the Australian Open in 2017, before she took a year off the game to have daughter Alexis Olympia with co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian.
Williams has been at her best again this year and was welcomed by a supportive crowd, often including famous friends such as the Duchess of Sussex, who had watched her at Court One last week.
After the game, Williams said she was looking forward to the final and added: & # 39; I have a great job and I love what I do. And I'm still pretty good at what I do, I think. & # 39;
Williams also played in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray to get some practice practices after struggling with fitness and missing tournaments in recent months.
Williams (pictured during the match) now faces Romanian Simona Halep in Saturday's final after the demolition of the Czech Barbora Strycova
Strycova, pictured, was wiped out in straight sets in less than an hour by the American
Williams, pictured during the competition, will now compete for her 24th grand slam title
David Beckham, left, was one of the big names who saw Serena play at the Center Court today
Referring to a recurring knee problem after the game, she added that she was very happy with her performance, given her lack of play time.
She said: & # 39; It's okay, especially after my year. It certainly feels good to be back in the final.
& # 39; It is (her knee) definitely a lot better, I just needed some competitions. I know that I am improving and I just had to feel good and then I can do what I am good at, namely tennis. & # 39;
Halep, from Romania, however, was not intimidated by confronting Williams, and after her victory over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, she said she enjoyed the challenge.
She added: & # 39; I have a lot of respect for what she has done and what she is doing.
& # 39; But now I feel stronger, mentally, towards her. We will see what will happen. It's just a big challenge for me. & # 39;
Musician Sir Cliff Richard, 78, who is regularly at Wimbledon, was also at Center Court
A packed crowd watched the clash at Center Court pictured this afternoon
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