John McEnroe issues Serena Williams warning after Simona Halep wins Wimbledon

Paola Ditto
Luglio 14, 2019

An upset-filled women's tournament laden with breakthrough performances ends Saturday at Wimbledon, when Serena Williams gets a third chance to tie Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles.

SIMONA HALEP, after humbling Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the Wimbledon singles final yesterday.

However, Halep would soon get her hands on a major when she finally became a grand slam champion in Paris when she triumphed on the French Open clay against Sloane Stephens.

It worked and then some as Halep broke into the opening game and then again to go 4-0 up after 11 minutes.

"I have to play the final of Wimbledon so the day came, so to my mom, thanks".

Halep, who is now looking forward to returning to the All England Club as a life member "to have dinner, have lunch, play a little bit of tennis" joked that her victory on Saturday was nearly by royal command.

Halep played a erfect match, physically and psychologically, despite the surface not congenial to her, packing Serena who, perhaps, suffered the psychological pressure to reach the much-dreamed record, which Slam-after-Slam is becoming a chimera. Williams is favored by 3.5 on the game spread, and you can get +135 (risk $100 to win $135) on the American winning in straight sets, among a slew of wagering options.

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".

"She literally played out of her mind". But I just concentrated on doing my best. At times she looked overcome with the pressure and the weight of the record books. "So today I did it".

When asked if she had ever played a better match following the win, she didn't hesitate: "Never".

"The finals I lost in the past helped me for sure to be different when I face this moment", Halep said.

However, as the final score shows, Simona proved why she was once ranked No. 1 in the world. I knew she's very emotional. Williams is a seven-time champion at Wimbledon with her first win coming in 2002 against her own sister Venus Williams, who was the two-time defending champ at the time.

"If she's happy doing it this way, it's fine", King said. "I was like a deer in headlights", Williams said. Serena hasn't won a Grand Slam/major title since the 2017 Australian Open.

Her daughter's birth "would have been a flawless moment to walk away, but I wanted more", she said in an interview a year ago.

She made a mere three unforced errors, a remarkably low total and 23 fewer than Williams. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?"

The 2019 Ladies' Final is scheduled to begin today (Saturday, July 13) at 9 a.m. ET and will air on ESPN.

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