Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Simona Halep's first words after Wimbledon triumph will surprise you

Simona Halep's first words after Wimbledon triumph will surprise you

The 27-year-old Halep stunned Williams, 37, in two sets by a score of 6-2, 6-2 to become the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title.

"She literally played out of her mind", a gracious Williams said immediately after receiving the runner-up trophy, her fourth at the All England Club. Williams simply could not respond.

The pattern continued in the second set - with Halep's superior speed and waspish groundstrokes allowing her to get Williams's cannonballs back with interest until she had forced the error.

Beaten Wimbledon finalist Serena Williams has said she has no plans to give up fighting for equality to focus exclusively on her tennis.

For Williams, the loss was especially hard as it kept her from a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, a record only held by Australian Margaret Court.

Meghan followed next, wearing a white collared shirt and striped skirt by Hugo Boss.

It was the second shortest final since Martina Navratilova thrashed Andrea Jaeger in 1983, one minute longer than Petra Kvitova's trouncing of Eugenie Bouchard five years ago.

SERENA WILLIAMS was surprisingly outplayed by Simona Halep as she lost the Wimbledon final on Saturday afternoon - but the tennis legend also broke a Grand Slam pattern that had been running 2001.

"The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I'm in my grave", the 23-time Grand Slam champion said.

"I love coming out here and playing in front of you guys". While Meghan has been attending the annual tennis tournament for years, 2018 was her first year doing so as the Duchess of Sussex.

"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life", said Halep. It was my mum's dream when I was about 10.

And one of them is British star Selby, a former world number one. I don't know what she wants.

Mid-Wimbledon, King spoke to BBC about Williams' quest to break Margaret Court's all-time grand slam record.

Williams owns seven Wimbledon titles, so she knows how to win in London.

Halep made just three unforced errors, compared to 26 by Williams. Williams, on the other hand, looked tight and lacked any feel.

Halep tracked down everything, as is her wont.

Williams served 45 aces en route to the final but it was Halep who served the first one on Saturday to move 4-0 ahead. But even after her rare bright spots, she could never get any momentum going.

Halep knew there would be a backlash and Williams raised the decibel level at the start of the second set, bent double, fists clenched and bellowing after a volleyed victor.

Add in the fact that she had fired down 45 aces and won 83 percent of her service games to reach the final and it seemed as if it was game on for Williams to hoist the Venus Rosewater Dish for an eighth time. Halep had an answer for everything she sent her way.

The end came quickly.

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