Simona Halep Defeats Serena Williams To Win Her First Wimbledon Title

Ross Houston
July 14, 2019

Losing to Simona Halep of Romania during the Wimbledon final on Saturday, US tennis player Serena Williams missed the chance to win her 24th Grand Slam title.

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

She becomes Romania's first-ever Wimbledon singles champion, while Williams suffered a third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final after losses to Angelique Kerber at the same venue past year and Naomi Osaka at the US Open.

The Romanian also held serve twice to open up a 4-0 lead in the first set. The first one came in 2014.

She joked at various points over the fortnight about wanting to become a lifetime member of the All England Club, one of the many perks that come with winning, but it was clear when she wore the membership pin in her news conference after the victory that the distinction truly meant something to her. But today I decided before the match that I'm going to focus on myself and on the final of Grand Slam, not on her. You can get intimidated by the moment. She said when I was 10 that if I want to do something in tennis it is to play in the Wimbledon final.

Simona Halep says controlling her nerves and forgetting about who she was playing enabled her to play the match of her life and win Wimbledon. She defeated Giulia Gatto-Monticone in two sets in the first round but had to play to 7 games in the second set to do it. "I started to feel safe on court, which helped me a lot to believe".

'I lived it with [Boris] Becker, lived it with [Goran] Ivanisevic and lived it again today, ' Tiriac had been saying before he was interrupted.

"She was crying", said Halep when asked what her mother's reaction was.

"Halep moves better than anyone on the tour".

At 2-2 Halep scooped up a ball she had no right to reach and Williams lurched forward to blaze a backhand long. 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.

Her daughter's birth "would have been a ideal moment to walk away, but I wanted more", she said in an interview previous year.

"In everything she does, Serena shines a light on what all of us must fight for in order to achieve equality for all", King wrote.

"I think she was getting so many balls back", the 23-time Grand Slam champion said.

"It was a little bit a deer in headlights for me. You can get nervous, too nervous", she said.

Before Wimbledon 2019, Mair told SportsLine readers to fade world No. 1 and pre-tournament favorite Ashleigh Barty despite her dominant form. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?"

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