‘Never played better’: Halep leaves beaten Serena ‘like deer in headlights’

Sunday, 14 Jul, 2019

De Groot's French Open win last month had given her all four majors at the same time but her hopes of a third straight Wimbledon title were ended with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 defeat.

"I said that every time I would play a final of a Grand Slam, I will do exactly the same thing".

For Williams, the quest will continue for Grand Slam title No. 24.

In front of a host of royal faces and various celebrities, Halep delivered the performance of a lifetime.

On top of her game right from start to finish, Halep overwhelmed Williams 6-2, 6-2 in stunning fashion for her second major championship. In so doing, Halep improved her record to 9-2 in favor of Williams and became Romania's first ever Wimbledon singles champion.

"It's something very special and I will never forget this day".

Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slam titles.

"I think there's a limit", Williams said of adding to her schedule.

"She literally played out of her mind!"

In January, Williams said "uncomfortable" public conversations were necessary to achieve equality when it came to prize money.

"The fact that I am able to win maybe will give an inspiration also to Romanians, the kids, that it's possible, even if you come from a little country, it's possible if you work and if you believe".

But inside, she says, Williams isnt feeling the same pressures as she did before losing last year's Wimbledon and US Open finals to Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka respectively with Court's record also within touching distance. "That makes me know that level she played at - she can get there again".

Halep had beaten Williams just once in 10 previous meetings, at the WTA Finals five years ago, but finally ending her grand slam drought in her fourth final had changed her mentality. In part because of a bad left knee, she only had played 12 matches all season until Wimbledon.

She has been outspoken about her fight for gender and racial equality for many years.

However, the entertainment didn't end when the umpire declared "Game, set and match" as Halep's post-match interview had the world falling deeper in love with her. Always positive no matter what.

"I had nerves", Halep said after the win on ESPN's broadcast.

Halep tracked down everything, as is her wont.

"I was trying to tap into those emotions", said Williams.

"She was getting so many balls back".

There are, of course, many reasons why Serena Williams has been as successful as she's been, for as long as she's been.

Alcott had taken just 16 minutes to establish a 5-0 lead in the opening set, which he eventually won by breaking Lapthorne's serve. At that stage, Halep had hit six winners and zero unforced errors.

Williams, in stark contrast, came out looking a bit tight, short-arming shots and accumulating nine unforced errors before conjuring up a single victor. She's very kind, very nice.

Williams would place a hand on her hip. "The time is now to get out there and to watch us play, I guess". The duchess has a few hairstyles that she wears on an everyday basis, and a ponytail is not one of them.