Petra Kvitova will meet Eugenie Bouchard in the Wimbledon final on Saturday after both eased to straight sets victories in their respective semi-final clashes.
2011 champion Kvitova saw off the challenge of Lucie Safarova who wilted under the pressure of her Centre Court debut to seal a 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 victory in what was a first ever all-Czech semi-final at a Grand Slam.
In a closely contested first set Sararova saved a set point at 5-6 before her youngster opponent took the lead after wrong footing her Fed Cup teammate on a scorching day at SW19.
Sixth seed Kvitova broke her opponent for a second time early on in the second set before striding into a 3-0 lead. On a break point of her own Safarova netted her return, allowing her 24-year-old opponent to rediscover her rhythm en route to booking her place in the final after three years away.
"It was a tough match mentally because Lucie is a great friend of mine. I am just happy that I won," Kvitova told BBC Sport after the win.
"I tried to be focused from the start of the second set. I managed to break her service in the first game and just kept it going and served well.
"I am just emotional from this match. I have two days before the final to focus but I know how it feels to lift that trophy so I will try my best to do it again."
Montreal–born Bouchard continued her fantastic 2014 as she defeated 22-year-old Halep. Having reached the semi-final stage of the Australian Open and Roland Garros the 20-year-old has become her country's first singles competitor to reach the Wimbledon final with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory.
The contest's defining moment came inside the opening 15 minutes of the first set when Halep turned on her ankle in the fourth game, prompting a medical time out while she received treatment.
Bouchard missed two break points and even found herself 4-2 down at one point before sealing the first set. Halep's limited movement on court allowed her opponent to take full advantage as she cruised to an emphatic win in the second.