Simona Halep’s show of power and belief helps her realise Wimbledon dream

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 14, 2019

Williams will enter the U.S. Open searching for her first Grand Slam victory since the 2017 Australian Open.

She becomes Romania's first-ever Wimbledon singles champion, while Williams suffered a third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final after losses to Angelique Kerber at the same venue previous year and Naomi Osaka at the US Open.

The day before the women's final, eight-time Wimbledon victor and Halep's idol Federer overcame Rafael Nadal in his semi-final, before offering his support to the world number seven, saying she should "back herself" and show a "winner mentality".

"I read what he said".

The 37-year-old has never been afraid to stand up for what she believes in and at the end of her press conference after a crushing defeat nobody saw coming, she ended with the words: "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".

'I lived it with [Boris] Becker, lived it with [Goran] Ivanisevic and lived it again today, ' Tiriac had been saying before he was interrupted. "And also I feel stable on the legs, which is very important on the grass". Because if you listen to him, you get the good things. "So I did that".

The Duchess of Cambridge was in attendance in the Royal Box and afterwards spoke with Halep, who was thrilled with the introduction. She defeated Giulia Gatto-Monticone in two sets in the first round but had to play to 7 games in the second set to do it. I just go out there and play, see what happens.

Forty-three years later, on another glorious summer's day, Halep could not stop smiling as she kept caressing the purple All England Club membership badge that had been pinned on to her grey hooded top. You know, I never thought about time in general. But this year I started to feel the game more and more. The Romanian was the player to beat in the last two weeks at the All England, losing one set in seven encounters and toppling the players like Victoria Azarenka, Cori Gauff and Elina Svitolina to set the title clash against one of the legends of this event and one of the best players ever. It's clay. We grow up on clay.

"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life". Here the tennis was born, let's say.

"In the meantime, I got pregnant, had a baby, so. that definitely plays a little bit into it".

So is the 6-2 6-2 Wimbledon triumph a bigger deal to Romanians than the Roland Garros win?

"But I knew if we are patient and if we work hard, we get the feeling of the grass court".

Later in the tournament, King added: "Quite frankly, if I were Serena, I would give up being a celebrity for a year-and-a-half".

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