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Forty-something Tiger Woods burns bright in inspiring Serena Williams

13 July 2019

Serena Williams goes for her 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final.

Getty Simona Halep of Romania celebrates victory in her Ladies' Singles semi-final match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during Day Ten of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England.

With 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, Williams has made the sport look easy for nearly 20 years.

Djokovic's victory was his 64th four-set win at a Grand Slam, breaking a tie with Jimmy Connors and Federer for the most-such wins among men in the Open Era.

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Williams has beaten Halep nine times in their 10 meetings, including most recently at the Australian Open, but says she is not underestimating the 2018 French Open champion, who only lost her world No.1 crown to Osaka in January.

Defeating 37-year-old Serena Williams in her most successful slam, on a surface she loves, is probably a tall order. This match will be played in Williams's mind as much as it will be on court. Halep said if she dwelt on Williams' records over the past 21 years it might be game over before she stepped on court for a contest compatriot and gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci said would be "watched by every Romanian alive on the planet".

Her hopes of winning a first Grand Slam tournament since 2017 appeared slim, but Williams has come into form at the right time.

The 27-year-old raced to retrieve an incredible get which sneaked over the net and Williams was only able to put her shot into the net.

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"I have a better game these days". I can play everywhere, against anyone. "I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn't been a sportswoman". "My stomach was not very well before the match, but I knew there was not time for emotions".

Serena Williams has dominated her Wimbledon finals opponent Simona Halep in their head-to-head matchups to date. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?"

"I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit".

"But let's hope she will win a Grand Slam and then they will start talking about that instead". "That makes me know that level she played at - she can get there again. So I'm definitely at a different place", said Williams. "It's just about going out there and giving my best effort, no matter what".

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Forty-something Tiger Woods burns bright in inspiring Serena Williams