Serena mulls more events to help win 24th major

US player Serena Williams celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their women’s singles semi-final match at Wimbledon in Lond

US player Serena Williams celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their women’s singles semi-final match at Wimbledon in Lond

The seven-times champion will play fellow former world No.1 Simona Halep for the title on Saturday after casting aside unseeded Strycova 6-1 6-2 in a 59-minute semi-final mismatch.

The final clash between Serena Williams vs Simona Halep will be played at the Centre Court of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.

"I think technology has really changed", said Williams, who at 37 years of age and 291 days is the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the modern era.

Williams, who had her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex cheering her on from the Royal Box, said she did not know if as age advances she is getting more tense about winning another Grand Slam.

Even when Williams fired herself up at the start of the second set and began to strike the ball with her customary power, seventh seed Halep refused to take a backward step. She lost to Kerber in last year's Wimbledon final and to Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open in September.

Williams is already considered the greatest in her sport with or without Court's record, but she has stated that reaching that magic number remains a goal. When she made it to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time in 2014, she lost due to an ankle injury.

From the beginning, Halep dominated the match against Williams, controlling the court with her speed, coverage and aggressive ground strokes. If you lose, then you have to look forward for the next one.

Williams managed to get on the board but in 26 minutes she was down a set and half an hour later the match was over. I just remember I was exhausted and Angie played unbelievable.

Since resuming after giving birth to her daughter Olympia in 2017, Williams has lost three consecutive major finals - to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and Naomi Osaka at the US Open past year and now Halep. "Today, I decided before the match that I'm going to focus on myself and on the final of (a) Grand Slam, not on her". Like I just am more calm. "I always play well when I have emotions".

Halep was adamant she played "the best match of my life" and it wasn't just her who was emotional about achieving a lifelong dream.

First things first: Check out colleague Liz Clarke's detailed preview of the match, where you can read about how Halep improved her grass-court game and why Williams is playing stronger than she has all year. "I've just got to keep fighting, keep trying", she said. "I just did natural what it came in my inside", Halep said.

"At the beginning of the tournament I told people in the locker room that if I win it will be awesome because then I get membership here for life so that was one of my motivations before, so now I'm happy".

"Actually sometimes the comments help me, whether they're good or bad".