Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Serena has lost menace: Halep

Serena has lost menace: Halep

Simona Halep won the first set 6-2 against Serena Williams in the women's Wimbledon final.

But things have changed in recent years, and the former No. 1 on the women's tour made a conscious effort to improve her grass-court game. She was known as a defensive player but she had an answer for Serena's power, she understood how to get her serve back.

He said, "But I'm feeling also that I can improve some things, not about today's match". Her first service game saw her let out a huge roar as she went onto hold serve, showing exactly how much she wanted this.

Serena told reporters at her post-match press conference that having the support and friendship of the Duchess "is great", and added: "She's such a great friend and a great person as well". Also, I really believe that there is a chance if I listen to him. We may see a different Serena in Flushing Meadows. I would like to see her put everything else aside from that. I thank him. He is very nice. But after losing each of her first three major finals, Halep now has won two straight, including at last year's French Open. Her last win came in the 2017 Australian Open while she was pregnant, but she's made three other finals appearances since.

King had said that running a business, looking after a child and battling for equality for women and ethnic minorities, could largely all be dealt with by her staff while she focussed on tennis for a couple of years.

Halep, 27, became the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title after stunning seven-times champion Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in the 56-minute match final on Saturday.

With her 38th birthday fast approaching, Williams' dream of matching Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24 majors seems as far away as it has ever been. It took Halep under an hour bringing an end to Williams's third Grand slam loss in a row.

"I had to play flawless to be able to win against her", said Halep, who did just that, playing about as ideal as one can on that giant stage, with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex looking on from the Royal Box.

"But Wimbledon, I think it's very special for every country".

Halep - who is looking forward to returning to the All England Club as a life member so that she can "have dinner, have lunch, play a little bit of tennis" - said jokingly that her victory on Saturday was nearly by royal command.

Halep, a sturdy battler whose journey to self-realization has been a fascinating study, said winning the French Open a year ago gave her taste of something she couldn't have enough of.

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