Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

Simona Halep- Wimbledon 2019- Getty

Simona Halep- Wimbledon 2019- Getty

For Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou there shouldn't be too many conversations about who is the greatest of all time.

The American superstar lost just three games to her 33-year-old semi-final opponent Barbora Strycova in easing to a 6-1, 6-2 victory in less than an hour on Thursday. "She played unbelievable", she said looking back on the 2014 match. Williams simply could not respond.

But despite the odds being in her favor, Williams told reporters on Friday she only focused on the one time she lost to Halep.

Williams was undone by 26 unforced errors to Halep's two.

Simona Halep celebrates with the trophy after winning the women's singles final following the women's singles final at the Wimbledon Championships.

Simona Halep, a former No. 1 who won the French Open a year ago, will be in her first final at the All England Club. It's all the rules, a very prestigious tournament, makes it a little bit different and more special. "When someone plays like that you have to tip your cap and nod your head".

"Now I'm feeling good, I can do what I do best, and that's play tennis".

Another fierce grunt accompanied a 123mph serve into the net, but Halep was not about to be intimidated now she had come this far.

"But this year, as I said every day, I started to feel the game more and more". "It was an awesome tournament and I can't wait to come back". "Maybe doing that was really important to today be No. 1".

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Williams has already had two failed attempts in finals to win that 24th major - after contesting last year's Wimbledon and US Open showpiece matches - and, regardless of what she says, everyone knows the American wants that record.

Halep grew in stature and could not miss.

"No, I definitely felt the support and the love", Williams added.

Her victory also gave Halep's favoured royal Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, bragging rights over sister-in-law Meghan, Duchess of Sussex - they were sitting beside each other in the Royal Box. She said in a first-person essay she wrote for Harper's Bazaar that she met with a therapist and wrote to Osaka to apologize for the whole episode.

Williams and Halep both rolled in the semifinals.

It was 13 minutes before Williams even got the scoreboard ticking. Williams' greatest show of emotion came after she stretched for a forehand volley victor on the second set's second point.

While Comaneci had total faith that her friend would triumph on Saturday, others were not so sure considering Halep had won only one of her previous 10 meetings against Williams - and that nearly five years ago.

The end came quickly. But she has struggled to attain her 24th Grand Slam singles title since the birth of her daughter, Olympia, in 2017.

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