LONDON – Former world No. 1 Simona Halep advanced on Thursday into her first Wimbledon final after she overwhelmed Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.
It took the 2018 French Open champion an hour and 13 minutes to subdue her rival, who was appearing in her first major semifinal.
“It is an amazing feeling,” the 27-year-old Halep said.
“It is one of the best moments of my life,” she added.
Halep broke serve first for 2-0 and despite being broken back in the next game, the Romanian player quickly moved through the following four games to win the first set.
Svitolina returned strong to the second set until the seventh game, when Halep rallied toward victory.
Halep, currently placed seventh in the world rankings, will square off against either the 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams of the United States or Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.