Perhaps the imperious American did not need to amp it up against out-matched Czech Barbora Strycova in a 6-1, 6-2 trouncing on a sunny Centre Court.
She had a chance to slow the Williams advance when she got to 0-40 on the 11th seed's serve with the help of a netcord but Williams raised the tempo to reel off five points, ending the first set in 27 minutes with a booming ace.
The former world No 1, who booked a place in her first ever Wimbledon final by beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday, has close to 300,000 followers but only follows two accounts herself.
"I was playing at home against the wall, against the house, so I was kind of like playing with it", she said.
"I respect a lot what she has done and what she's doing", said Halep, who, like Williams, used to be ranked No. 1.
However, Halep broke again immediately and 24-year-old Svitolina gave an indication of her increasing frustration when she netted a simple volley and lashed out, kicking the ball into the net.
"I love what I do and I'm still pretty good at what I do, I guess", Williams added.Читайте также: Charming Charlie to close all of its 261 stores
"I wouldn't say this match is a formality because Strycova won't make it easy for Serena", Wilander said. At Flushing Meadows, she was outplayed by Naomi Osaka in a match that descended into chaos after Williams was docked a game for a heated argument with the chair umpire.
The Ukrainian won the third game by breaking Halep's serve.
She took just 59 minutes to win and continue her bid for an eighth title.
Halep, who had not faced a seeded player until Svitolina, faced some resistance as she served for the set eventually taking it on her sixth set point.
Svitolina had never before been to the final four at a major tournament.
But first Williams must overcome the Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova to set up a showdown with Halep in Saturday's final. She also reached the Australian Open final in 2018, but her previous best at the All England Club had been a spot in the semifinals in 2014. "It's the first time that we play in a semi-final, it's going to be interesting for both of us".
"In the last match you could see that she has been able to raise her level when it was necessary, which is one of her trademarks and this is back so everything is positive".
"I fought hard to win this match and I was strong mentally and physically and had the right tactics".
"I just feel like we know so much more about our bodies".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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