But she got off to a nightmare start as Halep broke twice to race into a 4-0 lead.
That sentiment sounds like it could be trouble for Halep, who is 1-3 in Grand Slam finals so far, with the one title coming at Roland Garros previous year.
"I feel like if we had this technology 20 years ago, maybe Michael Jordan would still be playing basketball. Yeah, I feel really calm about it".
"I will focus on myself". But we can not ignore the fact that Williams is now 0-3 in Grand Slam finals since she won No. 23, and you have to wonder if there is some mental scar tissue accruing. "I never forgot it", said the 11th seed, who is also bidding to become the first mother to triumph at Wimbledon since Australian Evonne Goolagong beat American Chris Evert in 1980. I think her ability to improve every time, just to keep improving. But Court won 13 of her major trophies before professionals were admitted to Grand Slam tournaments, while all 23 of Williams' major titles have come in the Open era, which began in 1968. If the greatest player of this generation - and perhaps the previous generation too - is going to make history this year, it will have to come at the U.S, Open in NY later this summer.
"There's so many impressive things about her".
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"I just remember, like, how it's so, so different when you're younger as opposed to now". Her ability to find power. "It's just a big challenge for me".
"I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit. Congratulations, Simona. It was a little bit "a deer in the headlights" for me", Williams said. So I have to be better than that. "It's a day-today basis with me". A second slam would cement her name among the great champions. Of course, I respect a lot what she has done and what she's doing.
While Williams closed her eyes at changeovers to try to regroup, Halep kept her eyes on the prize and kept her cool to take the victory on her second match point when the American sent a forehand into the net. Halep made it a double, leaving her to serve out the set.
"I'm desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop her", she said.
"It's not just me, it's Roger (Federer, 37), Tom Brady (41-year-old New England Patriots six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback), Peyton (Manning, NFL quarterback who won two Super Bowls during his 18 year career) played forever".