Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep Dismantle Elina Svitolina to Reach Final
Simona Halep produced a dominant performance to defeat eighth seed Elina Svitolina and reach her first Wimbledon final.
Romanian seventh seed Halep wrapped up a 6-1 6-3 victory over the Ukrainian eighth seed in one hour 13 minutes.
Halep, who has only dropped one set during the tournament, is the first Romanian woman to reach a Wimbledon singles showpiece and will face either seven-times champion Serena Williams or Barbora Strycova on Saturday.
Halep broke Svitolina three times in the first set, and then again to take a 4-3 lead in the second. She won the match with another break in the final game.
“It is one of the best moments of my life,” said Halep, whose previous best finish at Wimbledon was reaching the 2014 semi-finals.
Speaking to the BBC, the 27-year-old added: “I’m really excited but also nervous. I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible.
“It was not as easy as the score shows. I fought really hard, [Svitolina] is an amazing player and it’s always tough to play against her.”
On what has changed since 2014, she said: “I have more experience, I am positive on court and I am not giving up anymore. I have learnt many things in five years.”