Serena Williams Makes History with Semifinal Win at Wimbledon

Serena Williams made some history on Thursday at Wimbledon and has the chance to make more this weekend.

Williams defeated Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to her 32nd Grand Slam Final and 11th Wimbledon Final.

The 37-year-old Williams will face Romanian Simona Halep, who will be competing in her first Wimbledon Final and fourth Grand Slam Final. Halep won the 2018 French Open.

Williams is now tied with Martina Navratilova with 32 Grand Slam Finals appearances — second-most all-time — and trails Navratilova by one for most Wimbledon Final appearances.

Williams’ record in those Grand Slams is 23-8 while Navratilova was 18-14.

Her victory over Strycova broke a tie with Chris Evert for second-most Wimbledon Final apperances.

When Williams steps onto the court on Saturday, she will be going for an even larger achievement — trying to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles victories.

Williams has not won a singles Grand Slam tournament since the Australian Open in 2017 and lost her last two Grand Slam Final appearances — the 2018 US Open to Naomi Osaka of Japan and the 2018 Wimbledon Final to Angelique Kerber of Germany.