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Simona Halep’s journey to the SW19 showpiece

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The Romanian has dropped only one set.

Simona Halep is a French Open champion

Simona Halep is into her first Wimbledon final after an impressive campaign.

The former world number one will be gunning for her second grand slam when she plays Serena Williams in the showpiece on Saturday.

Here, PA takes a look at the Romanian’s run to the final.

First round – Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Simona Halep had a tough match first up
Simona Halep had a tough match first up (Mike Egerton/PA)

The seventh seed opened up Court One for the tournament and came out of a competitive match with a 6-4 7-5 win against the Belarussian.

Second round – Mihaela Buzarnescu

It was Halep that emerged triumphant in the all-Romanian battle in the second round
It was Halep that emerged triumphant in the all-Romanian battle (Mike Egerton/PA)

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An all-Romanian tie went the distance in the second round as Halep got the better of her compatriot 6-3 4-6 6-2.

Third round – Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka was no match for Halep
Victoria Azarenka was no match for Halep (Steven Paston/PA)

A mouth-watering battle of two former world number ones looked in prospect and it was given Centre Court billing, but Halep cruised to a 6-3 6-1 win.

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Fourth round – Cori Gauff

Halep was the player who ended Cori Gauff's fairytale run at this year's tournament
Halep was the player who ended Cori Gauff’s fairytale run (Mike Egerton/PA)

Halep proved to be one of the least popular fourth-round winners ever when she ended the hopes of 15-year-old Gauff with a 6-3 6-3 win.

Quarter-final – Shuai Zhang

Beating Zhang in the quarter-final was met with joy by Halep
Beating Shuai Zhang in the quarter-final was met with joy by Halep (Adam Davy/PA)

The former French Open champion overcame a tricky start against the surprise package, but eventually posted a 7-6 (4) 6-1 success.

Semi-final – Elina Svitolina

The 27-year-old made light work of her semi-final against Svitolina
The 27-year-old made light work of her semi-final against Elina Svitolina (Victoria Jones/PA)

With her first Wimbledon final in her grasp, there were no nerves on show as she outplayed her Ukrainian opponent in a disappointingly one-sided 6-1 6-3 win.

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