Halep crushes Serena Williams to win Wimbledon women's singles title

Annette Crawford
July 14, 2019

She might not have even blinked.

It was the seeming absence of nerves which impressed most, even if the Romanian said her stomach had been unwell before the contest. It was over when Williams hit the ball into the net after a short rally.

Halep fell on her knees with arms raised to the sky in celebration.

Then, on Saturday, she stepped on to Wimbledon's Centre Court and obliterated the great Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in 56 minutes to win the final. Afterwards the Romanian was asked what she was thinking at that point.

This year was Williams' second straight year arriving to the final in hopes of tying Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles. "So now I am happy".

It was a almost flawless effort. But there was never a smile.

Serena Williams has recently been sticking up for her friend in the press and praised her for her friendship.

As for Williams, she surely has to try and reduce the noise and whole circus around her if she is to win another Grand Slam. But I had no time for emotions and just came out and tried my best.

Halep thanked her mother for inspiring her.

"It's tough to describe the moment", she said after a 6-2, 6-2 victory in which she hit three unforced errors. Now Williams was getting a taste of her own medicine and did not know how to respond. "I'm a professional." Williams would agree. "When a player plays like that, you just have to take your hat off". Maybe it took her a while to figure out.

Williams had survived the "Group of death", which included several other former champions, and held off a tricky Alison Riske in the quarters in three sets, before routing Barbora Strycova, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals.

She added: "I have worked a lot to change my game, to be able to win matches on grass".

There was strong support for Williams, including of the royal variety with friend Meghan Markle joining the Duchess of Cambridge in a crammed Royal Box.

Williams will play for her eighth Wimbledon title.

Halep didn't get that memo.

Watching on it seemed impossible that when Halep was a young child in Romania she used to cry before going onto court because she was so shy.

"It was an honour to play in front of her". It was a little bit deer in headlights for me.

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.

Once criticized for her mental fragility, the 27-year old has made a considerable effort to reverse course.

"The biggest key with our matches is the loss that I had".

Halep is now a two-time Grand Slam champion. You can get nervous, too nervous. So I did that. "So today I did it".

Just how badly things were going for Serena Williams in Saturday's Wimbledon final against Simona Halep was summed up by a booming plea that came from the crowd: "Wake up Serena!"

This was perhaps the most emotional, Halep being a compatriot in a tight-knit world.

"For me any loss is not easy, per se".

"I didn't think at all against who I play". Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to be everything.

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