Serena Williams May Play in More Tournaments for Grand Slam Preparation

Carla Harmon
July 14, 2019

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

Simona Halep said she had "never played better" after shattering Serena Williams's latest bid to capture a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam today as she stormed to a sensational victory in a 56-minute Wimbledon final.

But Halep, much like Angelique Kerber past year in the Wimbledon final against Williams, seized her moment.

It's one of the oldest commandments in the tennis lexicon: Try to get that one more ball back.

Halep's watching mother, Tania, was lost for words, having instilled in her daughter from a young age that to succeed at tennis would mean reaching a Wimbledon final.

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

Halep finally cracked the grass-court code here this year.

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 previous year and Naomi Osaka at the US Open.

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. It wasn't like Halep unfurled a stream of winners. Notably, she also refused to join in this fortnight with any chorus of protest from the women about the scheduling of matches compared with the men. But combine that with just three unforced errors and it's easy to see why Williams had so little room to operate. Now Williams was getting a taste of her own medicine and did not know how to respond.

King later tweeted to clarify her views, saying she supported the work Williams did to push for equality.

It's a great time to be a tennis fan.

Romania's Simona Halep (R) talks with her coach Darren Cahill during her women's quarter finals match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament in Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain, 10 May 2018.

American Williams thinks playing alongside the Brit helped her improve her single's form, where she faces Simona Halep in the final this afternoon. She dismantled Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 to get to her first Wimbledon final and knows all of the weight is on her opponent Saturday. "She's very kind, very nice", Halep added.

Although she didn't end up winning on Saturday, Williams made history before the final even started. Granted, Williams did not have a great day in any dimension, including returning.

However, it's important to note while King referenced "gender equity", she never explicitly said Williams should stop fighting for equality.

The comments by King follow a pre-Wimbledon interview in which she discussed Williams' many ventures outside of tennis, including motherhood and her fight for equality.

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