The American was just too powerful for the Czech in a 6-1 6-2 win that set up a final against Romania’s Simona Halep.Williams, 37, said she tried to “tap into that younger Serena” in a dominant display that will make her the oldest Grand Slam women’s singles finalist.
“It feels good to be back in the final,” said Williams, who was runner-up to Angelique Kerber last year and will be appearing in the grass-court showpiece for an 11th time on Saturday.Williams is now into a Grand Slam final for the 13th consecutive year – and that includes being on maternity leave during that time.
She pulled out of three consecutive tournaments this season because of injury or illness and this is the first major final she will contest this year, having lost in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January and the third round at the French Open.
“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.” At 37 years and 291 days, she will on Saturday overtake Martina Navratilova (37 years 258 days) as the oldest Grand Slam women’s finalist in the Open era and remains as motivated as ever.