Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

Florence Fletcher
July 14, 2019

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep won her first Wimbledon title ever when she beat Serena Williams at the championships in London on July 13.

There were signs that Williams was finding her range in the second set but Halep was undaunted and reeled off the last five games, the contest ending after Williams buried a forehand into the net.

Williams is facing an uphill battle - her last Grand Slam title came in 2017 at the Australian Open.

The Romanian has beaten Williams just once in their previous 10 meetings but insisted her record against the 23-time Grand Slam victor was not cause for concern.

Halep was adamant she played "the best match of my life" and it wasn't just her who was emotional about achieving a lifelong dream.

It was Serena's third Grand Slam final since giving birth to her daughter in September 2017, but she lost all of them. "She played unbelievable", Williams said.

She is the first Romanian to win a singles title at Wimbledon setting SW19 buzzing with her stunning performance.

"I'm in a different place, because I wasn't really playing a month ago, like, at all", said Williams, who thinks her partnership with Andy Murray in mixed doubles at Wimbledon helped her volleying in singles.

But she was determined to change that and said she told the locker-room attendants at the beginning of the tournament she wanted to grab a title to earn lifetime membership in the All England Club.

She added: "Well, I had nerves, my stomach was not very well before the match, but I knew there was to time for emotions". I love coming out here, playing in front of you guys.

A "Plan B" or even "Plan C" could come in handy for Halep as Williams was at her devastating best in 59-minute destruction of unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in the semi-finals. "I just hugged her and I kissed her".

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She sank to her knees a broad smile on her face before rising to hug Williams.

"I have always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena", admitted 27-year-old Halep. "I think if I overdo it, then that could also be a problem, as well".

"When I did it, I did it for tennis", she said when she ascended to the No. 1 player in the WTA.

"I just came out on court to do my best".

Halep won 83% of her first-serve points, an excellent percentage at any time.

However, that was a rare show of her fiery side as Halep broke her to lead 3-2.

It seemed scarcely believable when she served the first ace of the match to make it 4-0.

"That's like the coolest thing because they could not care that I'm in a wheelchair".

After entering the final with a tournament-high 45 aces, Williams only managed two on Saturday.

"So here I am", she said Saturday, the fortnight done, her trophy won.

"I'm in a good position, honestly".

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