Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

Wait goes on for Williams as inspired Halep wins Wimbledon

Flawless Halep shocks Serena to clinch title in under an hour Serena Williams, still chasing history, faces Simona Halep in Wimbledon final
Patty Aguilar | 14 July, 2019, 20:25

In her fifth showpiece final, Halep demolished the 23-time major victor Williams 6-2, 6-2 in 55 minutes on Centre Court but before then came some hardships.

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. She previously won the French Open in 2018.

"I have learned that it's a normal match, not thinking that much about the trophy, just going there and try to be the best as you can", Halep said.

The 23 grand-slam champ is being celebrated for her response in a post-tournament press conference in which she was questioned about her commitment to tennis over activism. Last year, Williams lost the final to German Angelique Kerber before going on to lose the final of the U.S. Open to Japan's Naomi Osaka.

Williams was seeking her first grand slam title since she won the Australian Open in 2017.

For tennis buffs, there is no more exciting event than the Wimbledon tournament in London, and for American tennis fans there is no more dynamic player than Serena Williams.

"I've got to keep trying, keep fighting and enjoying the sport", she said.

Nevertheless, Williams refused to accept that the record may elude her.

"I just came out on court to do my best".

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"It was an honour to play in front of her". At 37 years, 291 days old, she surpassed the previous record-holder, Martina Navratilova, who was 37 years, 258 days old when she made it to the women's singles final at Wimbledon in 1994. I knew she's very emotional.

At 2-2 Halep scooped up a ball she had no right to reach and Williams lurched forward to blaze a backhand long. The scoreboard will say Halep won the first set 6-1, but it took her 43 minutes to win.

Serena Williams's march towards the Wimbledon final has seen some rocky moments. "I always play well when I have emotions. So now I am happy". The 27-year-old broke serve in the opening game and raced into a 4-0 lead.

"The fact that I am able to win maybe will give inspiration also to Romanians, the kids, that it is possible, even if you come from a little country, it's possible if you work and if you believe", she said.

But it was Halep who wowed the fans, haring across the turf to whip a superb backhand on her way to a second break which she sealed with a flashing backhand return victor.

However, Saturday's match was all Halep - who said she had never played a better round. "So I didn't think of anything at all".

Then in a great and wondrous rush it finally hit her.

Kate Middleton returned to Wimbledon 2019 on Sunday, this time with husband Prince William in tow.

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