Daria Snigur wins junior title at Wimbledon

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2019

When Serena Williams left Wimbledon 12 months ago as the runner-up, falling just short in only her fourth tournament back after maternity leave as she attempted to draw level with Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles, it seemed that by the time she returned this year she would have matched Court's count if not overtaken it to become the game's undisputed greatest.

Halep rubbed in her superiority to break her again for 5-2 - two powerful serves earlier in the game had Williams saying why was I not able to do this earlier - and took the match and the title with aplomb with the first of her three match points. "If Simona, who is playing in her first Wimbledon final, is going to beat Serena, she needs to serve well and really mix it up".

The 27-year-old beat the American - who has triumphed on seven previous occasions at the London championship - in straight sets, 6-2 6-2.

"I just remember, like, how it's so, so different when you're younger as opposed to now".

Williams has beaten Halep nine times in their 10 meetings, including most recently at the Australian Open, but says she is not underestimating the 2018 French Open champion, who only lost her world No.1 crown to Osaka in January.

"Now, I believe that I have my chance to win against her".

Williams was pregnant when she won in Australia and then took more than a year off the tour; her daughter, Olympia, was born in September 2017.

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She also revealed she has been trying to get into the mindset that has made her the most dominant player of her generation. She has appeared calmer and more content as the rounds have gone by, her game no doubt sharpened by her Murena double act with Andy Murray. I remember I think I hit an ace. "No matter what I do, I will always have a great career".

"The biggest key with our matches is the (6-0 6-2) loss that I had".

Halep, by contrast, was right at home in a Wimbledon final, and she brought the crowd to their feet with a running forehand victor to bring up more break points in Williams' next service game, taking the first with a backhand down the line. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?"

"I just feel like we know so much more about our bodies".

The two also played each other on grass last week in the final of a tournament in nearby Roehampton, and Snigur won that one as well, 6-1, 6-2. "It's a day-today basis with me. Still I'm chill, so".

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