Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Serena Williams' coach reveals what kept the tennis champ going through injuries

Serena Williams' coach reveals what kept the tennis champ going through injuries

Maybe a sign of the perfectionist she is - it's a word coach Daniel Dobre has used to describe his student - Halep regularly remonstrated with her box after a missed shot, despite totally dominating proceedings for the majority of the match.

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"The biggest key with our matches is the loss that I had".

Jon Wertheim: It sounds trite, but Halep needs to stay aggressive-as she was in the semis-and not let Serena bully her around the court.

Serena Williams powered through to an 11th Wimbledon final and to the brink of history Thursday as she swept aside Barbora Strycova on Centre Court. "Every match I win is a bonus".

Halep brushed aside Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 earlier in the day, and Williams said: "She's tough".

The size of the challenge confronting her is reflected in having won just one of her 10 previous meetings with Williams, although she has regularly taken her to three sets.

"Instead of having nothing to lose, I feel like I have things to lose, but I also have nothing to lose".

Daniel Rapaport: She has to start well.

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That has left her Grand Slam total at 23, a record for the professional era that she established when she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant - but one fewer than Margaret Court accumulated while playing part of her career against amateur competition.

"The match was not easy, the games were long and went deep". She played unbelievable. That makes me know that level she played at - she can get there again. It was just a dominant performance. But this time it's been especially stark.

And last September, again the red mist came down across her furious and disbelieving eyes as she railed against the perceived injustice heaped on her by the chair umpire Carlos Ramos and lost in the most theatrical exit. The answer arrived in her quarter-final win over Alison Riske.

The pressure will ramp up in the next 24 hours, especially after falling short in her last two Grand Slam finals - here past year against Angelique Kerber and then, infamously in NY where Serena lost her cool in defeat by Naomi Osaka.

Williams will hope for a happier ending than being out-played both by Angelique Kerber in last year's Wimbledon final and Naomi Osaka in the US Open final where a spectacular meltdown torpedoed her cause, leading her to eventually consult a therapist.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Elina Svitolina that took 16 games to decide.

Svitolina blinked first, with Halep finally getting the break of serve at the third attempt, before the Ukrainian immediately broke back to love. Until Halep calmed her outer shell over the past couple of years, she was among the most volatile of competitors on the WTA Tour. If she plays this match on her terms, she wins relatively easily. "That's one thing that keeps me moving forward".

Her Roland Garros title defence ended with a straight-set defeat by unseeded American teenager Amanda Anisimova.

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