Seven-time champion Serena Williams is back into the championship match at Wimbledon after taking down the always-tricky Barbora Strycova in straight sets on Thursday.

Serena dropped just three games in a dominant semifinal performance, and fired 27 winners and four aces en route to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Strycova. It’s her third Grand Slam final in the last 12 months after reaching the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year.

Serena looked completely at home on Centre Court up against 33-year-old Strycova, now the oldest first-time Slam semifinalist in the Open Era – surpassing Roberta Vinci, who was 32 in her 2015 US Open run.

Standing between Serena and the Venus Rosewater Dish will be former French Open champion Simona Halep, who eased past Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3. It’ll be Serena and Halep’s 11th career meeting, with the American dominating the head-to-head record at nine wins to one.

 

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