Williams was prowling like a hungry tiger and piled on the pressure in Strycova's next service game.
The 33-year-old Strycova had been pondering retirement this year but now is the oldest first-time major semifinalist in the professional era.
She finally silenced the 'she's number one, when will she win a Grand Slam?' questions previous year when she won her maiden major at the French Open, which came after three final defeats and with a reputation as a choker.
"So today her dream came true as I will play a final". There was nothing I could do in that match.
"Halep is arguably the most consistent top-level player on the women's tour when Serena isn't around", Mair told SportsLine. "It's a long, arduous road". She didn't give up a point. Riske headed to her first Grand Slam quarterfinals, only to lose to Serena Williams in three sets.
"As for me, I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love - one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn't stop winning", she wrote.
Should she win, she will be making history.
"You can't get to the big points because Serena is always ahead".
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With that in mind, Williams went out Thursday and made it all look so easy, overwhelming Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes to once again put herself on the verge of an eighth championship at the All England Club and major No. 24 overall.
Both players were dominant in their semifinal matches, with Williams beating Barbara Strycova 6-2, 6-1 and Halep knocking off Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.
The tournament is broadcast exclusively across ESPN, with coverage running from 8 a.m. ET until 1 p.m. on Thursday. You can watch the live match with a TV on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC Red Button, which has been extended for the tournament.
Halep, who was French Open champion in 2018, will be playing in her fifth Grand Slam final. Now when the ball is coming to me, I know what to do with it. Of course, I respect what she has done and what she's doing.
Williams will be contesting her 32nd grand slam final in all - and third since the birth of her daughter Olympia in September, 2017. Williams, as she admitted on Thursday after her best performance of the tournament - a 59-minute demolition of Barbora Strycova - can not be sure from day to day how she will handle the pressures and expectations of her calling, even though she is by overwhelming consensus the finest player of her era.
But we have to recognize how remarkable this moment in her career is - not only because she's Serena Williams, will be 38 in a couple months and is somehow still breaking records, but also because she nearly didn't survive having a baby.
Williams also said the number 24 is becoming an obsession for the media who talk of little else.