Associated Press LondonJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 21:00 IST Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon 2019 final with a win over Elina Svitolina. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSimona Halep reached her 1st Wimbledon final after defeating Elina SvitolinaHalep overcame Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 in Wimbledon 2019 semi-finals on ThursdayThis will Halep’s 5th Grand Slam final. She has won French Open in 2008It seemed as if Simona Halep might be in for a long afternoon when her Wimbledon semifinal against Elina Svitolina on Thursday began with a pair games encompassing 32 points across 20 minutes.Halep excels at this type of play, more frequently seen on clay courts than grass, and soon enough was on her way.Reaching her fifth Grand Slam final, but first at the All England Club, Halep outplayed Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 under a cloud-filled sky at Centre Court in a match that lasted only 73 minutes.”It was not (as) easy as the score shows,” said the No. 7-seeded Halep, who compiled a 26-10 edge in winners.On Saturday, she will seek to add to her 2018 French Open championship by beating Serena Williams or in the title match.Williams, who owns seven Wimbledon titles and 23 Grand Slam trophies in all, and Strycova, playing in her first major semifinal at age 33, played each other later Thursday.Svitolina, seeded No. 8, had never been to the final four at any Slam, either. With her boyfriend, former top-10 player Gael Monfils, in the stands, Svitolina made things competitive enough at the outset.Five of the first 11 points lasted at least 10 strokes; two went 23.Svitolina even earned three break chances in that opening game, but Halep eventually held there on the 16th point. Another game of the same length followed, and there again were three break points, except the difference was that Halep converted her last when Svitolina pushed a backhand wide.While Svitolina would break back at love, that was pretty much the end of her challenge to Halep, who scrambled to cover the court so well, took balls early and created angles that earned her points.advertisementThat style of play serves the Romanian so well at Roland Garros, where she was the runner-up twice in addition to last year’s title. Halep also reached an Australian Open final.The former No. 1 never had that kind of success at Wimbledon until now. Halep did get to the semifinals at the All England Club in 2014, but hadn’t been back to that round since.She wasn’t about to let this opportunity slip away. Her play was intense. So was her body language, including when Halep looked up at her coach, yelled and extended an arm in the first set’s final game.By then, she was in control.”It’s an amazing feeling and I’m really excited and also nervous because of this,” Halep said. “It’s one of the best moments of my life.”Also Read | Wimbledon 2019 semi-finals: It is joy to play against Rafael Nadal, says Roger FedererAlso Read | 15-year-old Coco Gauff thinking about Wimbledon next yearAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Simona Halep Simona Halep reaches first Wimbledon final after beating Elina Svitolina in straight setsWimbledon 2019: Simona Halep overcame Elina Svitolina with ease to reach her first Wimbledon final as the Romanian look win her second Grand Slam.advertisement Next
OSU senior forward Marc Loving (left), junior Trevor Thompson (middle) and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson defend Fairleigh Dickinson junior guard Darian Anderson in the Buckeyes win over the Knights.It’s the tail end of January, and the Ohio State men’s basketball team might be out of the Big Ten and national picture. Although the team is remaining positive through the downfall, the possibility of losing its sixth conference game in eight contests is looming with the arrival of Minnesota, who defeated OSU earlier this year.Frustrated with the lack of leadership by his teammates following the Buckeyes’ heartbreaking loss to Northwestern on Sunday, redshirt junior guard Kam Williams stood in the locker room and expressed his displeasure with OSU’s performance as of late after coach Thad Matta had a loss for words. For Williams, the only avenue from here is up for him and his team.With 12 more conference games remaining, odds are the Buckeyes are going to find themselves on the losing end again before the season ends. However, Williams feels this is the low-point for OSU, no matter what happens from here on out. “We still got a losing record, so if that’s not rock bottom to you, I don’t know what is,” he said on Tuesday.The Gophers handled OSU 78-68 last time the teams met, two weeks ago. Led by freshman guard Amir Coffey, who earned his second highest scoring output to that point with 19. Coffey found most of his success in the paint, and the Buckeyes had no answer for the freshman.Down the stretch, OSU failed to keep Minnesota at bay, never finding a way to keep the Gophers from scoring and mounting a comeback. Williams singled out the play of the guards for Minnesota, including Coffey, as the engine that propelled the Gophers.“I just feel like, with the last game (against Minnesota), we just didn’t get enough stops that we needed at the crucial parts of the second half,” he said. “Because I feel like if we would have got a big-time stop and a score, and then keep repeating, we would’ve come out on top. Playing against Minnesota is definitely fun. They like to get up and down in transition. They have a lot of great guards.”Minnesota has lost three straight games following its win over the Buckeyes, most recently in overtime against No. 17 Wisconsin. Badgers sophomore big man Ethan Happ dominated the game in the paint, scoring 28 points. The Buckeyes could find similar success inside, with the services of junior center Trevor Thompson, who is averaging 10.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season. Last time against Minnesota, Thompson picked up 15 points and 15 rebounds.Freshman center Micah Potter, who has been sharing time with Thompson for most of the season, said he feels the struggles for OSU all rest on the shoulders of the players, not the coaching staff.“It’s up to us,” Potter said. “Coach Matta has proved he can win. He’s had teams that made Finals Fours, made national championship games. And that’s because they trusted in the system.”Consistency has been an issue all year for the Buckeyes, and it was never more apparent than against Northwestern. After pulling close to the Wildcats, and even briefly taking a lead, OSU faltered and sputtered, squandering the small lead. If the Scarlet and Gray has any hope of heading in the right direction against Minnesota, they must take care of the ball and play stout defense.“We have segments throughout the course of a game where we play really good basketball,” Matta said. “I’ve kind of been saying this all along. We’ve got to have those stretches. It’s the ones in between that are costing us.”Matta said on Tuesday he was pleased that Williams has made an effort to be a vocal leader. The trying times are when the true stars and floor generals emerge, he said. “Everybody can lead when things are good.” he said.OSU faces Minnesota at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m.