"Maybe playing other finals outside of Grand Slams would be helpful to get me in the groove". Grass is Williams' favorite surface, and while some questioned her fitness entering Wimbledon 2019, she silenced any doubts with a 59-minute thrashing of Barbora Strycova in the quarterfinals.
The pattern continued in the second set - with Halep's superior speed and waspish groundstrokes allowing her to get Williams's cannonballs back with interest until she had forced the error.
Beaten Wimbledon finalist Serena Williams has said she has no plans to give up fighting for equality to focus exclusively on her tennis. When a player plays that fantastic then you have to take your hat off and say well done.
"She literally played out of her mind", a gracious Williams said immediately after receiving the runner-up trophy, her fourth at the All England Club. She dismantled Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 to get to her first Wimbledon final and knows all of the weight is on her opponent Saturday.
I would never ask anyone to stop fighting for equality.
"Yeah, I was motivated after I won the first one that there is another chance for one more". "I think she really needs to continue working on her fitness and get refocused if she wants to beat all these records, like Margaret Court's singles record of 24". I talk with him all the time. "So, I mean, whenever a player plays that fantastic, you just kind of have to take your hat off and give them a nod of the head".
The 27-year-old Romanian lost two French Open finals in 2014 and 2017 before again being defeated in an epic battle with Caroline Wozniacki at the 2018 Australian Open.
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.
If she thought she could put down an early marker she was mistaken as three unforced errors in the opening game handed Halep an unexpected gift of an early break.
Halep grew in stature and could not miss. "There is also an element of doubt over the fitness of Williams given that she barely features on the week-to-week professional tour".
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and Pippa Matthews, from left, sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court. Though Serena steamrolled her way through the semi-finals, she fell to a woman she had beaten nine times before, losing to Simona 6-2, 6-2.
"The cycles of poverty, discrimination, and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles", she wrote.
It was over when Williams hit the ball into the net after a short rally. Halep beamed like a lighthouse in celebration of a 6-2, 6-2 drubbing in only 56 minutes of perhaps the game's greatest player.
Williams struggled throughout and appeared to be affected by the long points and defensive ability of Halep.
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