Serena Williams has now lost in three Grand Slam finals since 2018 after her loss to Simona Halep at Wimbledon on Saturday, and the 23-time major victor may have a plan to solve her finals woes. She got here by bulldozing past Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals, showing off conditioning and shot-making she hadn't previously displayed this year.
Halep, who was never hothoused or sent to a prestigous academy at a young age like so many of her peers, said the victory had been her mother's dream when she was just ten.
"I will believe that I have my chance to win against her [Williams]", she said after beating Svitolina.
Halep blizted Williams from the off as she ran out a 6-2 6-2 victor to add the Wimbledon crown to the French Open title she won a year ago.
Each time she hit a signature placement or teed off on a Halep serve, an error soon followed to wipe out her advantage.
When time was called, she took a deep breath, exhaling as her shoulders sank down without tension, and headed back on the court to finish what she had started against Serena Williams.
"I have always have been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena", Halep said. This is not the kind of background din you need when trying to win a Grand Slam.More news: Govt decides to not take immediate action against judge Arshad Malik
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"I kept telling you guys I thought the doubles would help me". "July 18 1976 was when I got my ideal 10".
"She didn't say anything because she was crying", Halep smiled. Because if you listen to him, you get the good things. She has lost three consecutive Grand Slam finals.
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. She echoed a similar sentiment earlier in this year's Wimbledon tournament, telling the BBC earlier that Williams should give up being a celebrity for a year "just stop all this insanity".
"For the most part, I feel like I'm on the right track". I would like to see her put everything else aside from that.
As for Halep, the 2018 French Open champion is feeling herself as well.
Before the match, most observers felt that Williams would be able to tee off on Halep's serve, especially her second serve. We are told to sit down and be quiet, which frankly is just not something I'm okay with.
"The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I'm in my grave", said the 37-year-old in response to the question.