Simona Halep blitzes Serena Williams to win Wimbledon title

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2019

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sits in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch Romania's Simona Halep playing USA player Serena Williams during their women's singles final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 13, 2019.

Simona Halep celebrates her first Wimbledon title after defeating Serena Williams in straight sets on Saturday.

This made her the first Romanian to win here, although Ilie Nastase got close in 1972 before losing 7-5 in the fifth set to Stan Smith, and she was rewarded with £2.25m in prize money and lifetime membership of the All-England Club. History isn't on Halep's side - she has a 1-9 record against Williams - but the fact that she's playing better on grass than ever before in her career should bolster her self-belief.

"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life", said Halep.

Williams lost to Angelique Kerber in last year's Wimbledon final and lost to Naomi Osaka in the championship match at the US Open.

The 56-minute dissection of the Williams playbook was the 23-time Slam winner's most lopsided loss in a major final. Williams was going her first Grand Slam win since returning to the court after giving birth to her daughter in September 2017.

"When I was about 10, 12, she said that if I want to do something in tennis".

Williams then stood up and walked off from her news conference. "I've just got to keep fighting, keep trying", she said.

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"It was an honour to play in front of her".

Until this year, she had never gotten beyond the semi-finals at Wimbledon, while a last-four run in 2015 remains her best performance at the US Open. She wiped the small amount of sweat accumulated on her face with a towel, but otherwise was completely still. I would like to see her put everything else aside from that. "I do have a strategy for players that do get a lot of balls back, which I thought about far too late".

"I have always have been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena", Halep said.

As well as her current coach, fellow Romanian Daniel Dobre, Halep also used her on-court interview to thank her mentor, Darren Cahill.

Going into the match, Halep was ranked seventh in the world, while Williams trailed her at 11th.

"I am really stressed if I have to dance. I didn't think about the score at all".

Then she started working with a renowned sports psychologist who helped her from turning negative in times of adversity on the court.

As for Halep, the 2018 French Open champion is feeling herself as well.

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