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Serena Williams leaves Wimbledon with defiant final statement

Wimbledon 2019 Final: How to Watch Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep, Start Time, Live Stream and Odds Serena Williams, still chasing history, faces Simona Halep in Wimbledon final
Lora Ball | 14 July, 2019, 04:40

After facing a devastating defeat to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final Saturday, Serena Williams used her platform to keep fighting for equality.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after her victory over Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during Day 10 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11 in London, England.

Halep, who was never hothoused or sent to a prestigous academy at a young age like so many of her peers, said the victory had been her mother's dream when she was just ten.

She had a simple but poignant message: "The day I stop fighting for equality. will be the day I'm in my grave".

"I'm desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop her", she said.

The Romanian thrashed the seven-time champion 6-2 6-2 in under an hour on Centre Court, picking up a second major crown to go with her French Open win at Roland Garros a year ago.

Halep, 27, was steady as a backboard by contrast, absorbing Williams's power, running down sharply angled shots and avoiding unforced errors.

Serena Williams says she has no plans to end her fight for equality any time soon after a question from a reporter invoked Billie Jean King's concerns on Williams' dedication to tennis. "Congratulations, Simona. It was a little bit deer in headlights for me".

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"It was an honour to play in front of her", she said. I really think it did.

"But if she's happy doing it this way it's fine".

"The biggest key with our matches is the loss that I had". Some said that Halep definitely deserved the win as Williams was not in her best shape during the game.

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

However, the motivation for Halep was far greater as she focused more about the title than who her opponent was.

"I really feel like it helped me, not just for today and this event, but hopefully it will help me just in the future". Because if you listen to him, you get the good things. I said that every time I would play a final of Grand Slam, I will do exactly the same thing.

"Darren, of course, a very special person", Halep told the Centre Court crowd after being presented with the Venus Rosewater Dish and the champion's cheque for 2.35 million pounds ($A4.21 million). "I looked at the scoreboard".

Before the tournament, King said: "She's got business, a baby, she's trying to help gender equity, particularly for women of colour, but all that makes it much harder to commit to winning a grand slam". But now I feel stronger mentally facing her.

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