The two former World No. 1s are chasing two very different dreams as they face off on Saturday in the women's singles final at Wimbledon with the trophy on the line.
The unstoppable Serena Williams is just one win away from her eighth Wimbledon crown and the American is aiming to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam to tie Margaret Court's all-time record, while Simona Halep is targeting her second Grand Slam singles title.
The 2018 French Open winner advanced to her first career final at Wimbledon after a comfortable straight sets win over World No. 8 Elina Svitolina, 6-1, 6-3 in just an hour and 13 minutes on Thursday.
Simona Halep made history as the World No. 7 defeated the Ukrainian to become the first Romanian woman to reach a Wimbledon singles final.
Serena Williams reached her 11th final at the All England Club after destroying Czech Barbora Strycova in less than an hour. The seven-times Wimbledon champion overpowered Strycova in straight sets 6-1 6-2.
At 37 years and 291 days, Serena Williams overtakes Martina Navratilova (37 years 258 days) as the oldest Grand Slam women's finalist in the Open Era.
Williams, who was beaten 6-3, 6-3 in last year’s Wimbledon final by Angelique Kerber, won the last of her grand slam titles in 2016, while the 27-year-old Halep is a four-time grand slam finalist and champion of the 2018 French Open.
Perhaps third time’s the lucky charm for Serena Williams after she lost in last year's Wimbledon and US Open finals.
Now, Simona Halep presents a threat as the tenacious Romanian stands in the way of Williams claiming the 24th Grand Slams singles title of her career and achieving her record-equalling dream.
What Serena Williams and Simona Halep said after their semi-finals
Williams, seeded 11th
“It feels good to be back in the final. It’s good, especially after my year. I just needed some matches. I know I’m improving and I just needed to feel good and then I can do what I do best which is play tennis.”
“I love what I do, I wake up every morning and I get to be fit and play sport and play in front of crowds like here at Wimbledon - not everyone can do that. I’m still pretty good at what I do and it’s always an amazing experience.”
Halep, seeded 7th
“As a player I can say that I have a better game these days. I can play everywhere, against anyone. It’s good that I have more plans. When I go on court and face an opponent, I know how to play against her.”
“Also I know how to change some things when it doesn’t work very well. As a person, I’m trying just to be confident, to be positive. I’m working hard to do the best always when I step on the court.”
“I talked to my mum after the match. About ten, 15 years ago she said her dream is [the] final in Wimbledon because everyone is here, the Royal Box. She said I think it’s an unbelievable moment. So today her dream came true, so I will play a final.”
- Age: 37
- Nationality: American
- World ranking: 10
- Plays: right-handed
- WTA singles titles: 72
- Grand slam titles: 23
- Age: 27
- Nationality: Romanian
- World ranking: 7
- Plays: right-handed
- WTA singles titles: 18
- Grand slam titles: 1