Serena Williams on brink of history as she sets up Simona Halep Wimbledon final

Serena Williams is just one win away from equalling Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam record after booking her spot in the final of Wimbledon.

The 23-time major winner thumped Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-2 in under an hour on the Czech’s semi-finals debut and will now take on Romania’s Simona Halep in the final.

Should Williams maintain this level of relentless, crushing ball striking, it will take something special for her to be stopped.

Strycova didn’t lack desire but was found wanting in the face of such elegant yet ferocious power.

This will be former French Open winner Halep’s first Wimbledon final, compared to seven-time champion Williams’ 11th.

Her sole Slam win pales in comparison to Williams’ 23, but it’s unlikely she will be overawed by the occasion, having contested four major finals.

For Williams it’s a third shot at equalling Court’s 24-Slam haul and her third final since becoming a mother. Angelique Kerber stopped her on this stage last year before Naomi Osaka stopped her in a controversy-filled US Open final.

Now, only Halep stands between her and the much-coveted record.

Strycova – the oldest first-time WTA Grand Slam semi-finalist in the Open Era – confessed in a column for Metro.co.uk that she was nervous in the opening exchanges of her quarter-finals win over Johanna Konta and once again found herself 4-1 down after an all-action start from the American great.

While British No. 1 Konta was flummoxed by the Czech’s box of tricks, Williams was ready for everything Strycova could throw at her and broke again on her way to a one-set lead.

Strycova made a stronger start to the second set but a double fault followed by a netted half-volley drop-shot saw her collapse in the fifth game.

The 33-year-old appeared to be in more discomfort as the match wore on, with her upper right leg causing issues, and another break came courtesy of a wayward volley.

Williams, sensing the opportunity to put her opponent to the sword, finished her off.

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