Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Simona Halep Defeats Serena Williams To Win Her First Wimbledon Title

Simona Halep Defeats Serena Williams To Win Her First Wimbledon Title

It was a almost flawless effort.

An inspired Halep took full advantage of an error-strewn display by the 37-year-old American to become the first Romanian to win the Wimbledon title.

Serena Williams pictured after her loss.

King - who was no stranger to fighting for equality for women players when she was starting out - may feel justified after Williams was played off the court in the Wimbledon final on Saturday. At times she looked overcome with the pressure and the weight of the record books.

"Whatever Serena did, Halep had the answer".

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.

The US 11th seed did register again but Halep held her own serve to close out the opening set 6-2 in just 26 minutes. "That's kind of what I've been doing since I got to 18 (slams)", Williams said after her Wimbledon defeat. When a player plays that unbelievable then you have to take your hat off and say well done. I had the chance to meet her after the match.

But in the last two weeks, she has showed that she really does have that sustainable game and grit to win big titles, despite drawbacks and after setbacks.

The 27-year-old has now added a second Slam title to her French Open triumph last year.

"Not being injured at this tournament was a real positive for me".

The crowd was very much on her side on Saturday, with loud cheers every time she won a point, no matter how hard or contested.

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There was strong support for Williams, including of the royal variety with friend Meghan Markle joining the Duchess of Cambridge in a crammed Royal Box.

"She literally played out of her mind", Williams said of Halep after the match.

Halep didn't get that memo. "I just told her that we'll talk later". She got here by bulldozing past Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals, showing off conditioning and shot-making she hadn't previously displayed this year. "I always play well when I have emotions".

But one person she really wanted to win the Venus Rosewater Dish for was her mother, whose lifelong ambition was to play in a Wimbledon final, let alone win it. Already the French Open champion of past year, she was never likely to be fazed by the occasion. She was down 1-4 and was on the verge of a breadstick.

Then she started working with a renowned sports psychologist who helped her from turning negative in times of adversity on the court.

While Williams made it clear she would never give up fighting for women's rights, she didn't suggest where she stood on taking a back seat in other areas of her life to concentrate fully on her tennis. I have worked a lot for this moment. I never played a better match. So I did that.

"Seems like every Grand Slam final I'm in recently has been an unbelievable effort to get there".

Williams is moving well and is undoubtedly more confident than she was the last time we saw her compete, at the French Open in May.

Perhaps it will be Halep's journey that can provide some guidance.

"For me any loss is not easy, per se".

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