Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Halep stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

Halep stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

From the beginning, Halep dominated the match against Williams, controlling the court with her speed, coverage and aggressive ground strokes.

The 27-year-old Halep became the first Romanian tennis player to ever win at Wimbledon.

"Never", said Halep. "Serena always inspired us so thanks for that".

Australia's Dylan Alcott has all four wheelchair quad singles titles in his keeping following his victory over his doubles partner Andy Lapthorne in the Wimbledon men's final.

As for Halep, she was knocked out in the French Open at the quarter-final stage, and struggled to an extent in her one grass warm-up event, at Eastbourne.

"The day before the women's final, eight-time Wimbledon victor and Halep's idol Federer overcame Rafael Nadal in his semi-final, before offering his support to the world number seven, saying she should "back herself" and show a "winner mentality". "I would like her to put everything else aside, because she's got people working on those things".

"That was one of my motivations before this tournament, so now I'm happy", she said.

"She chose to make an incredible effort to come back".

Williams, watched by her husband Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said despite being proud of what she was achieving at her age she still hankered after her mentality when she was younger.

Simona Halep acknowledged she has never played better than she did in the Wimbledon final as the former world number one dismantled Serena Williams for her second major title.

And all three in straight sets, to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon a year ago, then to Naomi Osaka at the US Open and now this.

Williams finally broke her duck with a game to love, and during the turnaround referred to her notes on her opponent. "Physically I just wasn't there", Williams said Thursday after easily winning her semifinal 6-1, 6-2 against Barbara Strycova.

"This incident - though excruciating for us to endure - exemplified how thousands of women in every area of the workforce are treated every day", Williams wrote. We are told to sit down and be quiet, which frankly is just not something I'm okay with. Some may not like it, and to be honest, that's their prerogative.

"I think technology has really changed".

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.

For cord cutters who want to stream Wimbledon matches live on their smart TV, computer, or phone, there are a few different options. What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself - my race, my gender - I embraced as fuel for my success'.

"I thought about it this morning", she said. "I was like a deer in the headlights", said Williams.

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