Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
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Simona Halep’s show of power and belief helps her realise Wimbledon dream

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

Simona Halep created history on Saturday after she defeated U.S. veteran Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 to become the first Romanian to win Wimbledon.

Despite Williams raising her performance in the second set, Halep broke in the fifth and seventh games, before serving out to win the set 6-2, taking the singles title at the All England Club.

Halep, who won last year's French Open title, had only three unforced errors to Williams' 25. When she lost in the final at the French Open in 2014 and 2017, the doubters questioned her ability to stay focused when it mattered most.

In her news conference, Williams acknowledged her path toward matching Court's Grand Slam record, saying having a baby "definitely plays a little bit into it". Williams is favored by 3.5 on the game spread, and you can get +135 (risk $100 to win $135) on the American winning in straight sets, among a slew of wagering options. "Maybe it is playing other finals outside of Grand Slams would be really helpful just to kind of get in the groove, so by the time I get to a Grand Slam final I'm kind of used to what to do and how to play".

"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life", said Halep.

"She literally played out of her mind".

"I have learned that it's a normal match, not thinking that much about the trophy, just going there and try to be the best as you can".

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


'I lived it with [Boris] Becker, lived it with [Goran] Ivanisevic and lived it again today, ' Tiriac had been saying before he was interrupted.

However, Halep has been the better player through the first set and now holds a commanding lead over Serena.

"Halep moves better than anyone on the tour".

However, as the final score shows, Simona proved why she was once ranked No. 1 in the world. Sometimes she doesn't move well, but she did today.' Nobody could argue with her speed after the phenomenal display that took down Serena Williams. I had the chance to meet her after the match.

That's the view of John McEnroe who saw Williams struggle as she was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Halep. Besides, she converted four break points while consolidating her serve throughout the all-important clash that lasted just 56 minutes. "You can get nervous, too nervous", she said.

She added: "I have worked a lot to change my game, to be able to win matches on grass. Any time I see her name attached to anything, I don't read it", Williams told reporters when asked about Meghan. "I looked at the scoreboard". "I think I gave a great effort for this fortnight". I said, 'OK, it's 5-2, it's real.' Then I just played every ball.

Halep only had been as far as the semifinals once at Wimbledon until now.

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