Serena and Halep face major test of ‘chill’ and ‘calm’ approach

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2019

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.

While Williams is chasing a place in the history books, Halep has her own points to prove. Getting that winning feeling for Andy will help to prepare the singles. Having struggled with injuries for most of this year, the 37-year-old is coming into form just at the right time.

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

Woods used Williams for perspective after his tough loss at the 2018 U.S. Open. That means if you had simply placed $100 on each of those picks, you'd be up $21,300. Halep is going for her second major. The result: Williams steamrolled Strycova, giving Mair's followers two easy cashes.

Serena Williams and Simona Halep meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon. Woods has also attended many of Williams' matches. He's only sharing it all at SportsLine.

In her career, Williams is 9-1 against Halep, and won their lone meeting at Wimbledon in 2011.

"Well, if she will play like this in the final", said Strycova, 33, the oldest first-time Grand Slam semifinalist in the modern era, "it's going to be very hard for Simona".

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Where can I live stream Wimbledon Women's Final 2019 in the UK? She ripped 28 winners against 10 unforced errors in her semifinal victory.

But just because Serena has dominated the rivalry doesn't mean she's the best value pick on the Williams vs. Halep money line.

But since then she has lost the number one ranking and not come close to another Grand Slam title, falling in the third round at last year's Wimbledon and being stunned in the first round defeat of the US Open. She held the world No. 1 ranking for 64 weeks. In the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore, Halep dismantled Williams in a shocking 6-0, 6-2 rout.

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.

"Halep is arguably the most consistent top-level player on the women's tour when Serena isn't around", Mair told SportsLine.

In September 2017, her daughter, Olympia, was born - and Serena almost died.

Despite her advancing years, Williams is outwardly showing no signs of slowing down in her obsessive pursuit of Margaret Court's 24 slams, a magical mark that has stood for 46 years. Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair's strong picks for Halep vs. Williams, all from the acclaimed expert who correctly predicted world No. 1 and pre-Wimbledon favorite Ash Barty would be eliminated early. How many sets does it go, and what will be the exact score of the first set?

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