Simona Halep Crushes Serena in Wimbledon final
Jul 15, 2019 by Stewart Coggin
Simona Halep took less than an hour to beat Serena Williams in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday.
The 27-year-old became the first Romanian to claim the title after defeating Williams 6-2 6-2 in just 56 minutes.
The defeat for Williams dashed her latest hopes of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam.
Helep breezed through the first set winning the first four games in 11 minutes and although Williams came out more aggressively to lead 2-1 in the second, she reeled off five straight games to claim her second Grand Slam after the 2018 French Open.
“I knew that I have to be aggressive, be 100% for every ball, and that I don’t have to let her come back into the match because she’s so powerful and so strong,” Halep said. “She knows how to manage every moment. So I knew that I have to stay there, which I did pretty well today.”
Helep made just three unforced errors to Williams’ 26, with the latter now having lost three Grand Slam finals in the last year.
The 37-year-old had only played in five tournaments in 2019 going into Wimbledon, having to pull out of Miami and Rome because of a knee injury.
“It seems like every Grand Slam final I’m in recently it has been an unbelievable effort to get there,” she said.”It would be interesting to see how it would be under different circumstances.”
Tennis legends John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova both said after the match that Williams was hampered by a lack of fitness and that improving this aspect of her preparation would enhance her chances of a 24th Slam.
But Saturday was all about Helep and the ease with which she beat one of the game’s greats on Centre Court in a match where her level never dropped on her way to a second Slam.
/Stewart Sports news editor