When she won the 2018 French Open, she exited Wimbledon in the third round and the US Open at the first hurdle.
"It's something very special and I'll never forget this day".
The 23 grand-slam champ is being celebrated for her response in a post-tournament press conference in which she was questioned about her commitment to tennis over activism. Though Serena steamrolled her way through the semi-finals, she fell to a woman she had beaten nine times before, losing to Simona 6-2, 6-2. The only woman standing between Serena and the top spot is Margaret Court, 76, who, with 24 single titles, remains the winningest individual player in Grand Slam history. She hasn't won a tournament of any kind since giving birth to her daughter in September 2017 and returning to the tour five months later.
"That's why I was able to play my best, to be relaxed, and to be able to be positive and confident against her", Halep added. "It was my mum's dream when I was about 10", she said, smiling.
"I just have to figure out a way to win a final", Williams said. All Halep cared about was winning her first at the All England Club. I don't know what she wants. "She was getting just a tremendous amount of balls back". Halep broke again for 5-2 and showed no nerves as she calmly held to claim the title Williams craved.
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Serena Williams's march towards the Wimbledon final has seen some rocky moments. "I mean, I don't really think about it". "It was a little bit deer in the headlights for me".
But it was Halep who wowed the fans, haring across the turf to whip a superb backhand on her way to a second break which she sealed with a flashing backhand return victor. As I told him, I needed time for it to sink in and to be able to feel it'.
The 27-year-old set the tone by breaking the Williams serve in the opening game and raced into a 4-0 lead in front of 15,000 incredulous fans.
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. "Today", she said. "I'm very honest".
Then she started working with a renowned sports psychologist who helped her from turning negative in times of adversity on the court.
She is relishing the prospect of coming back to Wimbledon in a quiet week outside the championships, when there will be no pressure on her shoulders and the luxurious All England Club facilities to enjoy.