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Wimbledon 2019 women's semi-final live scores, updates and commentary - Who makes the Wimbledon final?

Live Tennis Staff in News 11 Jul 2019
It's women's semi-final day at Wimbledon (PA Images)

Key events
13:06 11 Jul

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16:13 11 Jul

Serena. Simona. Saturday.

16:03 11 Jul

'I love what I do & I'm pretty good at it,'

15:58 11 Jul

GSM Williams d. Strycova 6-1, 6-2

15:54 11 Jul

Williams to serve for the match at 6-1, 5-2

15:49 11 Jul

Williams consolidates to love to lead 4-2

15:42 11 Jul

Williams breaks to lead 3-2

15:31 11 Jul

Strycova holds to 15 to open the second set

15:25 11 Jul

SET Williams leads Strycova 6-1

15:22 11 Jul

Williams breaks for 5-1

15:18 11 Jul

Williams holds to 4-1 with two aces

15:13 11 Jul

Williams breaks for 3-1

15:08 11 Jul

Williams pushed to 30-30 again but holds for 2-1

15:05 11 Jul

Strycova holds to 15 for 1-1

15:01 11 Jul

Williams pushed to 30-30 but holds to open

14:58 11 Jul

Head-to-head

14:53 11 Jul

Serena & Strycova on court

14:24 11 Jul

Halep to BBC: 'I'm trying to be the best version of myself.'

14:23 11 Jul

Svitolina will be disappointed in herself

14:16 11 Jul

GSM Halep wins 6-1, 6-3

14:08 11 Jul

Halep breaks to lead 4-3

13:56 11 Jul

Svitolina regrouping with better serving

13:43 11 Jul

SET Halep leads 6-1 after 43 minutes

13:40 11 Jul

Halep breaks to love to lead 5-1

13:36 11 Jul

Halep consolidates to 15 to lead 4-1

13:33 11 Jul

Halep breaks back for 3-1

13:29 11 Jul

Svitolina breaks back to love for 1-2

13:19 11 Jul

Halep breaks on 3rd chance to lead 2-0

13:09 11 Jul

Halep saves 3 break points in 9-minute opening game

13:01 11 Jul

Players on court!

12:41 11 Jul

Halep vs Svitolina: Key facts

12:35 11 Jul

Recap: Day 9

12:31 11 Jul

Order of play for day 10 at Wimbledon 2019

12:21 11 Jul

Wimbledon 2019 live blog: Day ten!

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13:06 11 Jul

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16:13 11 Jul

Serena. Simona. Saturday.

So Serena Williams will become the oldest Grand Slam women's singles finalist in the Open Era as she faces Simona Halep on Saturday.

Will we see Williams seize that record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title? Or could there be another twist in the tale like last year?

The head-to-head is a fairly dominant 9-1 (!) in favour of Williams, but they've had some long tough matches in their time. If Williams plays like she did today, however, not sure there will be too much Halep can do. We'll see. 
16:03 11 Jul

'I love what I do & I'm pretty good at it,'

Serena's talking to the BBC after her dazzling 59-minute victory.

'It's good, especially after my year,' she says and laughs. 'It definitely feels good to be back in the final.'

'It's definitely a lot better. Like I said, I just need some matches and every match I feel like I'm improving. I just needed to feel good and now I can do what I play best - play tennis.'

On what keeps her doing it at age 37: 'I love what I do. I wake up every morning and I get to be fit and I get to play sports and I get to play in front of crowds at Wimbledon and not everyone gets to do that. I love what I do and I'm pretty good at it and it's just a remarkable experience.'

On Halep: 'She's tough, she played unbelievable today. We always have tough matches.'
15:58 11 Jul

GSM Williams d. Strycova 6-1, 6-2

Tremendous running and scrambling defense from Strycova - the kind she's had few chances to showcase today with Williams ending points so quickly - gets her to 0-15, but Williams with a serve-and-drive volley combination for 15-15.

She makes a slight mistake for 15-30, but lands a big serve for 30-30 - and two points later she's closed it out and is back in the Wimbledon final! 
15:54 11 Jul

Williams to serve for the match at 6-1, 5-2

Strycova just hasn't quite had her touch shots today - although that clearly has a lot to do with the pace of the ball that's coming at her - and she nets a drop shot for 15-40. 

She saves one break point, but puts a forehand volley wide despite a good set-up and elicits a high-pitched, prolonged squeak, as well she might.
15:49 11 Jul

Williams consolidates to love to lead 4-2

This has honestly been the cleanest performance from Williams we have seen all year and she delivers another piece of brilliance as she polishes off the high ball her serve elicited with a drive volley. 

Two unreturnable serves for 40-0 and a smart second-serve to the Strycova backhand for game.
15:42 11 Jul

Williams breaks to lead 3-2

Williams looks set for a hold to love when a lucky net cord lets Strycova pass her down the line, but a hold to 15 will do just as well. 

Williams then spreads the court beautifully and forges forward as Strycova scrambles behind the baseline, but a good serve and volley from the Czech sees her level at 15-15 and she forges ahead with a service winner for 30-15.

Serena steps in for a clean forehand winner for 30-30, however, and a double fault opens up break point ... and converts as Strycova can't handle the Williams return and nets her volley.


15:31 11 Jul

Strycova holds to 15 to open the second set

Strycova looks well on her way to a great start to the second set as she lands three good serves for 40-0, but Williams punishes her with a deep return for 40-15. She closes out the game with a slick net attack, though.
15:25 11 Jul

SET Williams leads Strycova 6-1

Strycova showcases a bit of her own skill for 0-30 and then gets lucky on a net cord for 0-40.

Williams retrieves two break points with a service winner and a running forehand winner down the line for 30-40, and Strycova misses off a deep ball on the run for deuce. 

A superb volley from Williams, which lands the chasing Strycova somewhere near the umpire's chair, and an ace for the set!

16 winners, 3 aces from Williams in that set.
15:22 11 Jul

Williams breaks for 5-1

People always talk about Williams's power and yes, it is impressive, but it's her tactical smarts, variety and precision that are on show today.

She plays a perfect backhand slice approach shot to outfox Strycova at net for 15-15 then chases down a short ball for a winner precisely measured into the corner for 15-30. Then reads Strycova's approach shot and passes down the line for 15-40.

Strycova misses a first-strike backhand wide in an attempt to get it out of the Williams strike zone.
15:18 11 Jul

Williams holds to 4-1 with two aces

Williams aces down the T and follows it with a forehand winner for 30-0, before attacking the net and getting a Strycova pass attempt so wide and long it may as well have been a lob. And a second ace for 4-1.
15:13 11 Jul

Williams breaks for 3-1

A deep return from Williams at 15-15 but Strcycova is ready for it and slices the ball back, eliciting a slice backhand error long from the American for 30-15.

Williams presses in behind a second-serve return though and finishes off with an overhead for 30-30 - but misses a would-have-been clean return winner on the second serve long for 40-30.

Strycova needs to find first serves and fast - but she can't do it on the next point and Williams takes advantage, playing big forehands. Strycova resets the point with a defensive lob, but Williams, cleverly, sharpens the angle on the forehand to get the Czech on the move and wraps up a 16-shot rally with a forehand drive volley for deuce.

Strycova misses a drop shot attempt for break point, and Williams strikes a brilliant forehand passing shot to break!
15:08 11 Jul

Williams pushed to 30-30 again but holds for 2-1

Williams's backhand is leaking a few errors early in this match, including one for 15-15, but she makes no mistake on a backhand approach shot for 30-15.

Great depth on the Strycova ball and she forces an error from Williams off the back foot for 30-30, but nets a drop shot that given Williams's position on the court might have been a winner for game point. And Williams plays her best point so far, running Strycova side to side and finishing with a short forehand winner.
15:05 11 Jul

Strycova holds to 15 for 1-1

The moment of truth for Strycova now - the first of many today, no doubt - as she steps up to the line. A second-serve service winner (she won't get away with many of those today) and a first serve for 30-0, but she can't control the 'volley' part of serve and volley for 30-15.

Two solid serves and she's level at 1-1.
15:01 11 Jul

Williams pushed to 30-30 but holds to open

Williams won the toss and elected to receive and she's swiftly up 30-0 with a clean backhand winner.

Strycova simply is not anywhere near Williams's league in terms of power on the ball but she has to try to drag Williams into long rallies and use her variety to move the American around.

She's on the board as Williams double-faults for 30-15, and profits from a missed backhand as Williams misjudges the flight of the ball for 30-30, but Williams gets her first hold.
14:58 11 Jul

Head-to-head

This is the fourth meeting between Williams and Strycova.

Williams has won all three in straight sets - including a 6-2, 6-4 victory at Wimbledon in 2012.
14:53 11 Jul

Serena & Strycova on court

Players taking the court for the second semifinal between Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova! 

14:24 11 Jul

Halep to BBC: 'I'm trying to be the best version of myself.'

'It was not as easy as the score shows, because every game was very long ... I fought very hard to win this match. I think I played the right tactic and I was strong mentally and physically.'

'I think I learned a lot in these past five years and I am trying to be the best version of myself.'
14:23 11 Jul

Svitolina will be disappointed in herself

Svitolina will be very disappointed with the way that she performed in her first Grand Slam semifinal but she was clearly the more timid, more passive and error-strewn player today.

Halep, by contrast, looked self-assured, determined and tactically astute. She took the initiative at every opportunity and it made all the difference.
14:16 11 Jul

GSM Halep wins 6-1, 6-3

Halep has been so much the more aggressive and dominant player in this semifinal, in direct contrast to some of their previous meetings, and it shows as she consolidates her break in powerful style. 

Now she's up 15-30 as Svitolina serves to stay in the match as she chases down a drop shot and sends a winner down the line - and has two match points as Svitolina misses a drive volley wide.

Svitolina saves the first, but she can't save the second and Simona Halep is into the Wimbledon final!


14:08 11 Jul

Halep breaks to lead 4-3

Halep piled on the pressure in Svitolina's last service game, and this time she breaks through to 15 to lead 4-3 - she's just two holds of serve away from the final!
13:56 11 Jul

Svitolina regrouping with better serving

How will Svitolina regroup in the second set? 

Well, she starts by holding her first two service games in confident style to lead 2-1 on serve.
13:43 11 Jul

SET Halep leads 6-1 after 43 minutes

Halep's given herself a nice cushion in terms of serving out the set, which is lucky because she goes down 15-30 - but pulls it back and then hits a clean winner for set point.

That one, and four more, come and go before Halep finds a pair of winners to convert and lead 6-1 after 43 minutes.
13:40 11 Jul

Halep breaks to love to lead 5-1

Case in point: Halep steps in and goes down the line for a winner and 0-15, with Svitolina mainly content to just rally from the baseline. It won't cut it.

Svitolina throws in a drop shot on the next point, which Halep chases down and then finds a highly unconventional but effective way to get the volley into open court for 0-30 - and then a Svitolina error for 0-40.

Halep breaks to love. 
13:36 11 Jul

Halep consolidates to 15 to lead 4-1

A much better start from Halep to her service game this time as she goes 30-0 up with a well-measured backhand winner up the line. She's currently out-winnering Svitolina off the ground, and it feels like most of them have come off that wing.

A rumble of laughter around Centre Court as she hits three let serves in a row - then an 'Ooooh!' of sympathy as she misses a drive volley long after getting the fourth in for 30-15.

But again it's Halep who comes up with the sparkier, more creative play as she hits a short slice winner off a short ball for 40-15, and holds with a service winner.
13:33 11 Jul

Halep breaks back for 3-1

Halep again gets an edge on Svitolina's service game, up 15-30 as Svitolina is forced into a backhand error, but gives it one of her own up the line for 30-30.

Svitolina attacks the net, but although she makes one good volley, she stones a second under pressure for break point - and Halep converts as Svitolina nets a first-strike forehand.
13:29 11 Jul

Svitolina breaks back to love for 1-2

Serving to consolidate, Halep trails 0-30 after a return winner from Svitolina - then 0-40 as she skies her forehand long off a deep Svitolina return. She's going fast between points which is usually something she does when things aren't going her way, but in this case perhaps it's a deliberate tactic to try to wear Svitolina, who has had a tougher route through the tournament, out early?

But she misses another forehand to be broken to love. That was a very, very poor service game.
13:19 11 Jul

Halep breaks on 3rd chance to lead 2-0

So, now that Simona Halep is nicely warmed up by that 9-minute opening service game, what can she do on Svitolina's serve?

We get our answer swiftly as Halep uncoils on a return to get a defensive error from Svitolina for 15-30 - she has a look at a backhand down the line to close out the next point, too, but misses it just long, as Hawkeye confirms, for 30-30.

Halep will see her first break point though as she works Svitolina out to the backhand - but nets a second-serve return off the backhand. Very poor way to waste break point. 

She'll have another opportunity though as Svitolina attacks the net only to be punished by a very smart, dipping backhand approach shot from Halep for the error - but Halep nets her forehand. Deuce #2. It's happening again.

Halep pegs Svitolina back from game point with a lovely backhand down the line on the run - gorgeous winner - for deuce #3. 

Svitolina has a third game point after what is perhaps her best, most proactive rally yet - she actually moved Halep out of position there, and reaped her reward - but it's deuce #5 as she nets her backhand.

Break point again as Halep brings Svitolina into net and outfoxes her - brief pause in play as the umpire leaves her chair for some reason and checks on something - and Svitolina misses a cross-court backhand. She'll challenge - but it's out.
13:09 11 Jul

Halep saves 3 break points in 9-minute opening game

Svitolina opted to receive, and she's quickly up 0-30, but Halep pulls it back to 30-30 - first with a good cross-court angle on the forehand which stretches Svitolina just a little wider than she was expecting, then wins a lengthy baseline exchange.

We're already seeing what's going to be the hallmark of this match - long, grinding, baseline rallies between these two supreme counterpunchers.

Halep with a good serve and smart V-play for a rare quick point for game point - but pushed to her backhand and misses up the line for deuce, then double-faults for break point.

Halep throws in a drop shot for the first time to save break point - those have to be played perfectly, given how swift Svitolina is - but over-presses as she goes for a first-strike forehand for break point #2.

Beautifully saved - a lengthy rally in which neither woman can quite press their advantage until Halep manages to step in for a cross-court backhand winner. Deuce #3.

Another drop shot from Halep, so perfectly played that even though Svitolina chases it down she can't get it back, for game point - but an error for deuce #4. We gonna be here a while.

She double-faults for the second time in this game to give up a third break point - but saves this one with a forehand on to the line. Deuce #5.

A forehand down the line winner for game point - this is how Halep has to play, going for her shots all the time - and she holds with a drop shot which Svitolina pokes long. Phew. 
13:01 11 Jul

Players on court!

Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina are out on court for their Wimbledon semifinal.

Svitolina wins the toss and elects to receive.
12:41 11 Jul

Halep vs Svitolina: Key facts

Here's some of the key things to remember ahead of the first Wimbledon women's semifinal, which sees seventh seed Simona Halep taking on eighth seed Elina Svitolina.

Head-to-head: Svitolina has a narrow 4-3 lead in the head-to-head.
They have never played on grass.
Their only Grand Slam match so far was a victory for Halep in the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2017 - Svitolina had a commanding lead, but ended up getting bagelled in the final set.
Both women are supreme athletes, defenders and counter-punchers so get ready for a physical battle.

Uncharted territory: Both women are trying to make their first Wimbledon final.
But this is considerably more familiar ground for Halep - not only has she been to the Wimbledon semifinals before (in 2014, losing to Eugenie Bouchard), she's on a three-match winning streak in Grand Slam semifinals. She's made the final of the French Open three times, and the Australian Open once.
Svitolina has never made the semifinal of a Grand Slam before, four times falling short in French and Australian Open quarterfinals.

Halep in impressive form: It's been a sometimes underwhelming 2019 season for Halep, who started it with a back injury and failed to defend her French Open title, falling in the quarterfinals to Amanda Anisimova.
But since dropping a set to Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round, she's won seven straight sets and solved the puzzle posed by Zhang Shuai in impressive style in the quarterfinals.

12:35 11 Jul

Recap: Day 9

Here are the headlines from day 9 at Wimbledon 2019, which was mainly given over to the men's quarterfinals.

- Fedal attraction: Nadal and Federer will face off at Wimbledon for the first time since their iconic 2008 final

- 'Murrena' no more: It's back to singles for Andy Murray and Serena Williams after their mixed doubles campaign came to an end

- Novak Djokovic literally dismantled David Goffin's game to put himself through to the semifinals in ominous form

- Roberto Bautista Agut is having to rearrange his stag do after unexpectedly reaching the Wimbledon semifinals - to be fair, there are worse reasons


12:31 11 Jul

Order of play for day 10 at Wimbledon 2019

As far as we're concerned, it's really all about the women's semifinals today with Halep vs Svitolina kicking things off on Centre Court at 1pm BST followed by Williams vs Strycova.

The full order of play is available - click here - and as always click on the highlighted links for full match analysis.

CENTRE COURT - 1:00PM

3. Raven Klaasen / Michael Venus v
Juan Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah
12:21 11 Jul

Wimbledon 2019 live blog: Day ten!

Welcome to the live blog for day 10 of Wimbledon 2019: Ladies' semifinals day!

In just a few minutes, the women's semifinals will begin as the final four competitors are whittled down to two.

Two really promising semifinals coming up: First, the physical battle between supreme competitors and counter-punchers Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina.

Then the contrast of styles between 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and crafty veteran Barbora Strycova, into her first major semifinal at 33 years of age. 

It's going to be a good day!

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It’s women’s semi-final day at Wimbledon as our two finalists for 2019 will be decided in a pair of intriguing matches on Centre Court.

First up, Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina square off in a slightly surprising Wimbledon semi-final. I say surprising because while the pair have been two of the most consistent performers on tour for the last few years, neither have been in particular great form this season - Svitolina especially, who has battled a knee injury and lost seven of her last eight matches coming into The Championships.

However, after narrowly surviving a second round clash with Margarita Gasparyan (the Russian was two points from victory but then succumbed to severe cramping), Svitolina has made the most of her second chance, beating Maria Sakkari, Petra Martic and Karolina Muchova to reach her first major semi-final - at her least successful slam to this point!

Halep is a big step up in class though, with the Romanian finishing strongly in her quarter-final victory over Zhang Shuai - can the former No. 1 advance into her fifth Grand Slam final?

Next up on Centre Court, the legendary Serena Williams looks to advance into an 11th Wimbledon final as she continues her quest to equal Margaret Court’s record major singles haul of 24 titles. The 37-year-old had retired or withdrawn from half of the six events she played in 2019 prior to Wimbledon, but her performance against an in-form Alison Riske in the quarter-finals was easily her best of the season - which is an ominous sign for her opponent…

Barbora Strycova is into her first Grand Slam semi-final after 53 previous main draw appearances at 33 years of age - and the Czech has played some wonderful tennis to get there, utilising her terrific court craft and ability to serve and volley to knock out some more higher-fancied players on the lawns, including home hope Johanna Konta in the last eight. But she’s lost all three of her previous encounters with Serena in straight sets - is there anything she can do different to change the outcome today?

Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles events are also nearing their conclusion as the action heats up on No. 1 Court and around the grounds, while the junior boys and girls are also into the quarter-final stage.

It’s set to be another spectacular day of tennis at Wimbledon as the women’s finalists are decided - join us from around the grounds from first point to last as we bring you all the latest live scores, results, breaking news and more!


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Wimbledon 2019 women's semi-final live scores, updates and commentary - Who makes the Wimbledon final?

Serena Williams takes on Barbora Strycova as she continues her bid for a 24th Grand Slam title, while either Simona Halep or Elina Svitolina will advance into a first Wimbledon final on women’s semi-final day: live scores, updates and commentary from Day 10 at The Championships.

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