Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

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.

Enormous credit, though, must go to Halep, who showed herself to be not just one of tennis' great defenders, chasing down everything Williams could throw at her, but also a strong attacking force.

Williams complimented her opponent after the match saying, "She literally played out of her mind". Maintaining a positive attitude will be key.

Asked if she'd ever had a better performance, Halep was emphatic. It all comes down to belief.

On this cloudy, cool afternoon, with the temperature in the low 70s (low 20s Celsius), Halep began with a pair of service breaks and even delivered the match's first ace, at 106 miles per hour, which put her out front after 11 astonishing minutes.

She faces off against Serena Williams at 9 a.m.

And how could she not?

Djokovic's victory was his 64th four-set win at a Grand Slam, breaking a tie with Jimmy Connors and Federer for the most-such wins among men in the Open Era.

And as Williams prepares to take to Centre Court at the All England Club, a YouGov poll has revealed how many men and women think they could claim a point from the 37-year-old serial victor if they met her on court.

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Halep will need to disrupt Serena's comfort zone to have any chance of getting to slam No. 2.

Williams, whose two sets win took her to 200 career sets won at Wimbledon joint second with Chris Evert in the all-time women's list behind Martina Navratilova (249), says that she is in a better frame of mind than she was when she ended up losing in both the Wimbledon and US Open finals past year. I was trying to tap into those emotions. "Serena likes to step into the return". That takes away the angle and the power. It's really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what. When you hit down the line to her, she has to move to the ball.

"I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit".

It is the 27-year-old former world number one's second Grand Slam title after her 2018 French Open success. Williams will be the oldest women's slam finalist in history.

The Wimbledon win is Snigur's first major title.

But it was clear from the onset that Halep was playing at a different level than any of Williams's previous opponents, and Williams was not able to match that level.

Halep has focused on molding her body the last decade to be the best player she can be. "No matter what I do, I will always have a great career". "Yeah, I didn't have the preparation coming into Wimbledon of training for two weeks, even".

"I was really calm". But can Halep do it?

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