The final two competitors are set to battle in the women’s Wimbledon final on Saturday, and it should come as no surprise that Serena Williams is one of them. It will be her 32nd Grand Slam final, as she attempts to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 major titles. Opposite of the American will be Simona Halep, who is ranked seventh in the world and has been one of the best players on the circuit for years. Without further ado, here are our best bets for the WTA Wimbledon final.
Halep hoists the Venus Rosewater Dish
Williams is back in the Wimbledon final for the second consecutive year, having lost to rival Angelique Kerber in 2018. In fact, this will be Serena’s fourth Wimbledon final in five years, with the only absence coming when she was off tour due to pregnancy. What an incredible run by the greatest female athlete of all-time. With that being said, she’s lost each of her last two Grand Slam finals, including the 2018 U.S. Open to then-20-year-old Naomi Osaka. So, if you think that experience is going to be enough to lean on in a match of this magnitude, you’re wrong.
Simona Halep has been rolling this tournament, having lost just two sets heading into Saturday’s final. She has slowly climbed into the ranks of the elite on the WTA tour. She has established herself as a feared opponent on clay, having reached the French Open final in three of the last five years and even won it in 2018. It was her first and only Grand Slam title to this point; however, she has now made four Grand Slam finals since 2017 and is ready to take the next step in her career. It will be her fifth Grand Slam final appearance and first Wimbledon final. What better way for the 27-year-old to cement her place among the best in the world than to defeat the greatest tennis player of all-time.
There are a few things to consider in this matchup. First, Serena was limited to just 12 matches this season – due to injury and illness – prior to Wimbledon. Second, Williams owns a dominant 9-1 record against Halep in her career. Third, Serena’s semifinal opponent Barbora Strycova appeared to be hobbled with a leg injury on Thursday. That is not to take anything away from the 37-year-old legend, but it just shows that there is an opportunity for an upset here.
Halep has intriguing odds at +156 to win the match. As mentioned, she has only lost two sets all tournament and defeated eighth-ranked Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinal on Thursday. Her determination on the court and driven demeanor during the post-match pressers has led me to believe that Saturday will be her breakthrough moment.
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