Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Serena Williams May Play in More Tournaments for Grand Slam Preparation

Serena Williams May Play in More Tournaments for Grand Slam Preparation

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

Williams heard the message loud and clear but unfortunately for the American it was one of those days when nothing could save her from the 6-2 6-2 annihilation she suffered at the hands of Halep in 56 minutes.

Halep, who won last year's French Open title, had only three unforced errors to Williams' 25.

Serena Williams' tennis career will come to an end one day but her determination to fight for equality won't.

The US 11th seed did register again but Halep held her own serve to close out the opening set 6-2 in just 26 minutes.

Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. But today I decided before the match that I'm going to focus on myself and on the final of Grand Slam, not on her. She said when I was 10 that if I want to do something in tennis it is to play in the Wimbledon final. "I'm very sure that was the best match of my life". She defeated Giulia Gatto-Monticone in two sets in the first round but had to play to 7 games in the second set to do it.

She added: "Well, I had nerves, my stomach was not very well before the match, but I knew there was to time for emotions".

"I looked at the scoreboard, and I said, 'OK, it's 5-2, it's real.' Then I just played every ball".

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Even when she was serving for the match Halep was calmness personified.

"Never", replied Halep. "It was the best match".

At 2-2 Halep scooped up a ball she had no right to reach and Williams lurched forward to blaze a backhand long.

When she won the 2018 French Open, she exited Wimbledon in the third round and the US Open at the first hurdle.

"I wish she would just make a commitment for the next year and a half to two years and say, 'I'm going to absolutely focus on what's necessary for my tennis, so when I look in the mirror when I'm older, then I can go back in my mind and know I gave it everything I had'". Some said that Halep definitely deserved the win as Williams was not in her best shape during the game. You can get too nervous.

King spoke to the BBC mid-Wimbledon about wanting to see Williams focus more on her on-court prospects than trying to juggle everything else.

Showing off the talents and traits that once lifted her to No. 1 in the rankings, Halep never really gave Williams a chance to get into the match. "I didn't think about the score at all". Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to be everything.

Before Wimbledon 2019, Mair told SportsLine readers to fade world No. 1 and pre-tournament favorite Ashleigh Barty despite her dominant form.

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