Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
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What channel is Wimbledon on? Serena Williams vs

What channel is Wimbledon on? Serena Williams vs

Both players are from the Netherlands.

"Serena, wake up" came a shout from the crowd, but every time she thought she had hit a victor, back it came, and Halep wrapped up the opening set in just 26 minutes.

Also, Joachim Gerard of Belgium and Stefan Olsson of Sweden won the men's wheelchair doubles title by beating Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid of Britain 6-4, 6-2.

Halep had beaten Williams just once in 10 previous encounters - and the American avenged that 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global round robin loss in the final - but all three of their Grand Slam clashes had gone the distance, including a three-set thriller at this year's Australian Open.

Halep is well aware Williams will be chasing history on Centre Court Saturday, but insists she will be trying to create a legacy of her own.

Seventh-seeded Simona Halep played the best tennis of her life and ruined Serena Williams' chance for a 24th Grand Slam title on Saturday, winning 6-2, 6-2 in the women's singles final at Wimbledon.

The Romanian has beaten Williams just once in their previous 10 meetings but insisted her record against the 23-time Grand Slam victor was not cause for concern.

Williams won her last grand slam in Australia in 2017 while pregnant, and after maternity leave she reached the final at Wimbledon and the US Open past year, losing to Naomi Osaka in NY. It's an honor to play in front of the Royal Box.

A "Plan B" or even "Plan C" could come in handy for Halep as Williams was at her devastating best in 59-minute destruction of unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in the semi-finals. Halep had just two unforced errors as she raced out to the early lead.

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

A flashing forehand crosscourt set the tone and she broke her in the first game.

When asked if she had ever played better than that by Sue Barker on the BBC, she replied: 'Never.

Overall, Williams has won 23 Grand Slams.

Wheelchair tennis made its debut at Wimbledon in 2016. Williams has a 9-1 advantage over Halep, according to MatchStat.

Williams was pregnant when she won in Australia and then took more than a year off the tour; her daughter, Olympia, was born in September 2017.

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the 40th episode of their storied rivalry to book a place in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut to make the final. Simona Halep, a former No. 1 who won the French Open past year, will be in her first final at the All England Club.

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