On this cloudy, cool afternoon, with the temperature in the low 70s (low 20s Celsius), Halep began with a pair of service breaks and even delivered the match's first ace, at 106 miles per hour, which put her out front 4-0 after 11 astonishing minutes. 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.
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.
With every minute the match went on Williams, who was short of fitness after playing seven tournaments all year, was being stretched out of her comfort zone and away from victory. 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.
Simona Halep of Romania pose for a photo with her trophy after winning the Ladies' Singles final against Serena Williams of The United States during Day twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. "I'm very sure that was the best match of my life".
"It was an honour to play in front of her". The Romanian charged to a 4-0 lead after just 11 minutes of play, breaking her opponent in the first and third games of the match. "So now I am happy".
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However, as the final score shows, Simona proved why she was once ranked No. 1 in the world. She didn't merely play defense, though, managing to go from retrieving an apparent point-ending stroke by Williams to lashing a victor of her own in a blink. But I knew there was no time for emotions.
On top of her game right from start to finish, Halep overwhelmed Williams 6-2, 6-2 in stunning fashion for her second major championship.
Williams will appear in a pair of tournaments before heading to the U.S. Open in late August. She was looking for her 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie Margaret Court's all-time record. You can get nervous, too nervous.
Serena Williams pictured after her loss.
"When I was about 10, 12, she said that if I want to do something in tennis. I was like a deer in headlights", Williams said. "I just didn't think about what is happening and where I am, I just wanted to be aggressive, to play my plan".
"If anything, I could just learn to be like that".
Halep only had been as far as the semifinals once at Wimbledon until now.