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Serena Williams Barbora Strycova- Australian Open 2017- Getty

A cross-court forehand passing shot delivered the break for Williams, and Strycova bent over again, one of the initial signs that she was dealing with something physical.

"I'm just doing the things I've always loved doing again, which I didn't have the opportunity to do much the last couple of years".

Strycova, meanwhile, was a surprise victor in her quarterfinal against Konta.

On Saturday, Williams will take on No. 7-seeded Simona Halep of Romania, a 6-1, 6-3 victor over No. 8 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine under a cloudy sky at Centre Court. So was her body language, including when Halep looked up at her coach, yelled and extended an arm in the first set's final game. She was honestly playing awesome, she beat so many great players.

But Williams, who will become the oldest woman in the professional era to contest a Grand Slam final on Saturday, is taking it all in her stride.

However, she said she was a different player now and had taken to grass.

Serena Williams and Simona Halep will face off on Saturday with the Wimbledon trophy on the line.

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"Looking back, to even be in those two finals last year was unbelievable", the 37-year-old told reporters. "It's one of the best moments of my life so I'm trying to enjoy it as much as possible and to be happy I could go to the final".

Williams also said the number 24 is becoming an obsession for the media who talk of little else. As Jon mentioned, Serena hasn't responded particularly well to pressure in her two Grand Slam finals P.O. Svitolina had the same fate to fall behind 2-0 in the first set.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Elina Svitolina that took 16 games to decide. "She was moving really good, striking the ball perfectly". That will prove challenging, as Halep's serve isn't especially formidable, but a consistent first serve will be vital-her second serve is no match for Williams's power.

Williams has been this close to adding to her title total before: In 2018, her first season back on tour after the birth of her daughter, Olympia, Williams reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open but lost each time. But there would be concerns over her mental ability to close things out after being outclassed by Angelique Kerber in the final a year ago and a meltdown at US Open against Naomi Osaka. Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair's strong Wimbledon semifinal picks, all from the acclaimed expert who correctly predicted world No. 1 and pre-Wimbledon favorite Ash Barty would be eliminated early.

By then, she was in control.

"It's an awesome feeling and I'm really excited - and also nervous because of this, " Halep said.

"If every time you went in to work, let's say you went into work because..., and let's say for a few years your pieces of writing have just been crap every time when you come into Roland Garros". Now comes a tougher task: beating Williams. We will see what is going to happen.

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