Halep Wins Wimbledon, Stops Williams' Bid for 24th Slam

Extra tennis things make Serena Williams' Grand Slam win harder- King

Serena Williams went into the Wimbledon finals on Saturday hoping to secure her 24th Grand Slam singles title - an accomplishment that would have equaled the record set by Margaret Court in the 1970s. This marks Halep's second major championship, following her 2018 French Open win.

In just 26 minutes, Halep had a near-flawless first set, taking it 6-2 from the 37-year-old superstar.

Yet when Halep finally wended her way through Wimbledon's burrows and corridors to catch up with her mother she found her too dumbstruck to speak.

This made her the first Romanian to win here, although Ilie Nastase got close in 1972 before losing 7-5 in the fifth set to Stan Smith, and she was rewarded with £2.25m in prize money and lifetime membership of the All-England Club.

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.

First things first: Check out colleague Liz Clarke's detailed preview of the match, where you can read about how Halep improved her grass-court game and why Williams is playing stronger than she has all year. "When I was 10, 12 years old, she said I had to play the final of Wimbledon".

"Never", she said. "It was the best match". "I think my opponent just played unbelievable". "So now I am happy".

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However, Halep has been the better player through the first set and now holds a commanding lead over Serena.

"Never", replied Halep. "It was the best match". This is not the kind of background din you need when trying to win a Grand Slam. History isn't on Halep's side - she has a 1-9 record against Williams - but the fact that she's playing better on grass than ever before in her career should bolster her self-belief. I knew she's very emotional.

"I've got to keep trying, keep fighting and enjoying the sport", the American said. Besides, she converted four break points while consolidating her serve throughout the all-important clash that lasted just 56 minutes. The No. 11 seed Nike athlete hasn't won a Grand Slam title since 2017 Australian Open when she defeated her sister Venus.

King later tweeted to clarify her views, saying she supported the work Williams did to push for equality.

"I had nerves", she said in front of 15,000 fans on Centre Court while clutching the trophy.

Before Wimbledon 2019, Mair told SportsLine readers to fade world No. 1 and pre-tournament favorite Ashleigh Barty despite her dominant form.

"If anything, I could just learn to be like that".

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