Serena Williams Loses Wimbeldon to Simona Halep

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2019

Simona Halep won her first Wimbledon title and crushed Serena Williams' latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with a devastating 56-minute display of athleticism. But Court won 13 of her major trophies before professionals were admitted to Grand Slam tournaments, while all 23 of Williams' major titles have come in the Open era, which began in 1968.

The 37-year-old Williams is chasing an eighth All England Club singles crown which would see her match Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 major singles titles.

Perhaps the best way to work out the difference in levels between the two players is by looking at Williams" "Filmography' section of her Wikipedia page. "So I will try just to give my best", said Halep, who has lost just one set so far.

"Yeah, I had to get to those finals, looking back, to even be in those two finals past year was unbelievable", she said. "Can't underestimate her. She's like a little powerhouse". I just kind of let it go this morning. A knee injury contributed to her early defeat at the French Open last month and she arrived at Wimbledon seriously short of matches, having played only 12 all season.

"I will focus on myself". But now I feel stronger mentally facing her. I think her ability to improve every time, just to keep improving. "It's just a big challenge for me".

"I'm in a good position, honestly".

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 4-0 after 11 astonishing minutes. She spoke after her semifinal victory about trying to remain calm on court, and that she did, even in the face of a player who was at her very best. I respect a lot what she has done and what she's doing. But we can not ignore the fact that Williams is now 0-3 in Grand Slam finals since she won No. 23, and you have to wonder if there is some mental scar tissue accruing.

Playing mixed doubles with Andy Murray, albeit in a losing cause this week, has also helped her to sharpen her volleys - an ominous sight for anyone on the opposite side of the net. "So I'm definitely at a different place", Williams said.

"I will believe that I have my chance to win against her [Williams]", she said after beating Svitolina.

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