Romania's Simona Halep hugs United States player Serena Williams after beating her during their women's singles final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, on July 13, 2019.
SERENA WILLIAMS was surprisingly outplayed by Simona Halep as she lost the Wimbledon final on Saturday afternoon - but the tennis legend also broke a Grand Slam pattern that had been running 2001. When she lost in the final at the French Open in 2014 and 2017, the doubters questioned her ability to stay focused when it mattered most.
Halep, who is now looking forward to returning to the All England Club as a life member "to have dinner, have lunch, play a little bit of tennis" joked that her victory on Saturday was nearly by royal command.
For Williams, the loss was especially hard as it kept her from a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, a record only held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams is favored by 3.5 on the game spread, and you can get +135 (risk $100 to win $135) on the American winning in straight sets, among a slew of wagering options.
"My mum said when I was 10 that if I want to do something in tennis, I have to play in the final at Wimbledon", she said after her win. Before taking her seat, she had some royal duties to attend to, meeting with some of the junior players from Russia, Latvia and France.
"I just came on court and I gave my best".
"I looked at the scoreboard, and I said, 'OK, it's 5-2, it's real.' Then I just played every ball".
Halep, charm and joy personified, agreed she had never played better. Indeed when she was asked when she started to truly think that winning Wimbledon was possible she was blunt. I never thought that I would be able to win on grass, with all these players that are very tall and serving with a lot of power.
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Because if you listen to him, you get the good things. "I'm just now starting to use my legs again". I just go out there and play, see what happens. "If anything, I could just learn to be like that".
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The second was a different story as Bautista Agut dialled back a little and found that he was able to out-duel the master. A win Saturday would be Williams's first Grand Slam title as a mother; she gave birth to her daughter two years ago.
"She literally played out of her mind", a gracious Williams said immediately after receiving the runner-up trophy, her fourth at the All England Club. I had the chance to meet her after the match.
Though it seemed as if Serena Williams was about to cruise to a historic win at Wimbledon, Simona Halep defeated the "Greatest Of All Time" in a shocking upset!
Mair is confident he has the Williams vs. Halep victor, plus he's going big on how many sets it lasts.
"Serena has inspired us, so thank you for that", she said.
Mid-Wimbledon, King spoke to BBC about Williams' quest to break Margaret Court's all-time grand slam record. "You can get nervous, too nervous", she said. "I have fallen in love with grass", she said midway through The Championships, just days after associating the surface to "picnics".
"I have always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena", admitted 27-year-old Halep.
Simona Halep is the 2019 Wimbledon ladies champion!