Simona Halep tops Serena Williams in dominant Wimbledon final performance

Paola Ditto
Luglio 13, 2019

Since winning her first grand slam at the French Open a year ago after three final defeats and a reputation as a big-match choker, the counter-punching Romanian has lost the world No 1 ranking and has not been beyond the last eight at a major.

Upon winning, Halep collapsed to her knees on Centre Court.

Already 3-0 down after eight minutes, Williams was completely at sea and by the time Halep served to lead 4-0 Williams had won just six points.

Serena Williams is set to lock horns with Simona Halep in Wimbledon 2019 final.

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While Williams closed her eyes at changeovers to try to regroup, Halep kept her eyes on the prize and kept her cool to take the victory on her second match point when the American sent a forehand into the net. I have never played a better match.

"I think it's a great feeling to face Serena in a Grand Slam final".

Williams began the second set keen to pump herself up, getting on the board early and opening up a 30-30 opportunity on her rival's serve. Williams crushed Barbora Strýcová 6-1, 6-2 and Halep cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Elina Svitolina.

Williams hasn't had too many challenges at Wimbledon during the Fortnight. "I was like a deer in the headlights", said Williams. It's really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what.

Williams, in stark contrast, came out looking a bit tight, short-arming shots and accumulating nine unforced errors before conjuring up a single victor. I can play everywhere, against anyone.

Williams would place a hand on her hip. I understand that it's what a lot of people know her for.

As she told Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated in 2018, she still sees the procedure as the biggest sacrifice of her career, as well as one that allowed her the last decade of success.

Moving as smoothly and striking the ball as crisply and as powerfully as at any time in her career, the American has so far unleashed 45 aces and won 83 per cent of her service games.

Odds on both players are pretty weird but clearly, Williams is the favourite. "It was one of my motivations before this tournament. So now I am happy".

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