London: Serena Williams powered through to her 11th Wimbledon final as she overwhelmed unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in a brutal 6-1, 6-2 victory on Centre Court on Thursday.
Clobbering huge serves and forehands, the veteran American was always in control as she set up a showdown with Romanian former world number one Simona Halep in Saturday's final.
The 37-year-old Williams will become the oldest woman to contest a grand slam final in the professional era and victory will take her alongside Margaret Court's record 24 singles majors.
Strycova, the oldest first-time grand slam semi-finalist at 33, boasts a tricky game that scrambled the mind of Britain's Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.
But seven-time Wimbledon champion Williams is made of much sterner stuff and simply bulldozed her way through her opponent's lightweight resistance.
Strycova held for 1-1 in the first set but any notion that a contest would break out disappeared in the blink of an eye as she went 5-1 behind.
She had a chance to slow the Williams advance when she got to 0-40 on the 11th seed's serve with the help of a netcord but Williams raised the tempo to reel off five points, ending the first set in 27 minutes with an ace.
Williams broke for 3-2 in the second set as Strycova dribbled an attempted drop shot into the net and again to move 5-2 ahead.
The crowd were willing Strycova to hang in for a little longer and roared their approval when she showed great defensive skills to win the first point as Williams served for the match.
But there was to be no comeback. Williams fired down a huge serve on match point and had the simplest of forehands to stroke away and seal her place in the final.
Earlier, former world No.1 Halep passed her first major test of the tournament with a steely 6-1, 6-3 semi-final victory over eighth-seeded Svitolina on Thursday.
The 27-year-old will be chasing her second grand slam title, having won last year's French Open following finals losses in Paris in 2014 and 2017 prior to losing the 2018 Australian Open final.
Halep hadn't faced a seed on her way to the last four and had lost four of her previous seven meetings with Svitolina, the first Ukrainian to make a women's grand slam semi-final.
But after needing 43 minutes to win the most competitive seven-game opening set of the tournament, Halep retained her cool to seal victory with two more service breaks in the second set.
"It's an amazing feeling. I'm really excited and also nervous to be in the final. It's one of the best moments of my life," Halep said.
"I was playing to enjoy it as much as possible and also to play through to the final. It was not as easy as the score shows. She's an amazing player and always a difficult opponent.
"I fought feally hard to win the match. I think I played the right tactics - I was very strong mentally and physically."
A loser of her first three grand slam finals, Halep had carried a reputation as temperamental and not mentally strong enough in the mind to win tennis' biggest prizes.
But she's now playing with a new-found freedom after finally breaking through last year in Paris.
"I'm not giving up," Halep said. "I'm trying to be my best version of myself and I fight to win until the very last point because I want to win every match."