Wimbledon: Simona Halep thwarts Serena Williams' history bid with stunning triumph

Jose Verdugo
Julio 14, 2019

Playing for one of the few records in tennis history that she doesn't own outright - a 24th Grand Slam title that would tie Margaret Court's mark - Williams was undone by a slew of unforced errors in Wimbledon's women's final and fell to the far steadier Simona Halep, 6-2, 6-2, in just 56 minutes.

Halep, 27, won her first championship at the All England Club in just 55 minutes, beating Williams 6-2, 6-2, in what was only her second career win against the American. Halep, trying to become the first Romanian to win at the All England Club, had lost just one set coming into the final (in the second round to Mihaela Buzărnescu) and was putting on her best grass showing since a 2014 semifinal appearance.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Simona Halep of Romania, victor and Serena Williams of The United States, runner-up pose for a photo with their respective trophies after the Ladies' Singles final during Day twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England.

With every minute the match went on Williams, who was short of fitness after playing seven tournaments all year, was being stretched out of her comfort zone and away from victory. You can get intimidated by the moment.

Williams lost to Angelique Kerber in last year's Wimbledon final and lost to Naomi Osaka in the championship match at the US Open.

But she said those experiences had helped her here - on a surface that, as a player of 1.68m, she never thought she would be able to win on against "all these players that are very tall and serving with a lot of power".

Halep weathered the squall, then reeled off the last five games of what she described as the match of her life.

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How good was the No. 7-seeded Halep?

Sooner or later the record will come, but Serena is at the third consecutive defeat in a Slam final. I knew she's very emotional.

That's the view of John McEnroe who saw Williams struggle as she was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Halep.

"She didn't say anything because she was crying", Halep smiled.

When asked about King's comments, Williams said, "The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I'm in my grave".

"In everything she does, Serena shines a light on what all of us must fight for in order to achieve equality for all". You can get too nervous. Some said that Halep definitely deserved the win as Williams was not in her best shape during the game. Again, I just think Simona just played her heart out. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?"

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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