London: Resurgent seventh seed Simona Halep has advanced to her maiden Wimbledon final with a crushing straight-sets win over Elina Svitolina.
The former world No.1 passed her first major test of the tournament with a steely 6-1, 6-3 semi-final victory over eighth-seeded Svitolina on Thursday.
The 27-year-old will be chasing her second grand slam title, having won last year's French Open following finals losses in Paris in 2014 and 2017 prior to losing the 2018 Australian Open final.
Halep hadn't faced a seed on her way to the last four and had lost four of her previous seven meetings with Svitolina, the first Ukrainian to make a women's grand slam semi-final.
But after needing 43 minutes to win the most competitive seven-game opening set of the tournament, Halep retained her cool to seal victory with two more service breaks in the second set.
"It's an amazing feeling. I'm really excited and also nervous to be in the final. It's one of the best moments of my life," Halep said.
"I was playing to enjoy it as much as possible and also to play through to the final. It was not as easy as the score shows. She's an amazing player and always a difficult opponent.
"I fought feally hard to win the match. I think I played the right tactics – I was very strong mentally and phyRead More – Source