Simona Halep needs just 73 minutes to defeat Elina Svitolina in straight sets to reach her first ever Wimbledon final
- Simona Halep is into her first Wimbledon final after beating Elina Svitolina
- After romping to a 6-1 victory in the first set she won the second 6-3
- Romanian will face Serena Williams after she beat Barbora Strycova afterwards
For 20 minutes and two games, it looked like the first women’s semi-final may take most of the afternoon.
Indeed, as Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina went hammer and tongs out on Centre Court, a marathon looked on the cards.
But only Halep could keep up that intensity. While the Romanian refused to tire, her Ukrainian opponent at times looked exhausted – both mentally and physically.
Simona Halep has her head in her hands after reaching her first Wimbledon final
Simona Halep celebrates a point during her women’s semi-final against Elina Svitolina
Halep powers a forehand over the net as she claims the first set 6-1 over the Ukrainian
No-one outgrinds Halep, and certainly not when she was bidding to make her first Wimbledon final.
And in this baseline smash-up, which regularly produced some stunning displays of groundstroke strength, she just kept getting that final ball back.
Of the 32 points that went beyond nine shots, she won 25 of them.
The scoreline of 6-1, 6-3 did not do the competitive nature of this contest justice, but Halep was just too good, firing down 15 winners and winning the large majority of baseline points.
No 8 seed Sviotlina hits a backhand as she returns to Halep during their semi-final clash
The No 7 seed Halep will face Serena Williams who beat Barbora Strycova later in the day
As the 27-year-old closed out the win with a monster return that forced the Svitolina error she looked up, looked to her box and blew a kiss to the heavens.
‘It’s an amazing feeling, I am really excited and also nervous because of this. It is one of the best moments of my life so I am trying just to enjoy as much as possible and be happy I could go through to the final,’ she said.
‘It was not that easy as the score shows because every game was very long and very deep.
‘I fought very hard to win this match, she is an amazing player and it is very tough to play her. I think I played the right tactic and I was very strong mentally and physically.’