Simona Halep has finally won her first Wimbledon grand slam, after beating 7-time winner, Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 to become the first Romanian to win Wimbledon.
Simona Halep who nobody gave the chance to carry the day, as most fans on and off the court were all rooting for Serena, stunned the American to her first-ever win at Wimbledon and the first time Serena will be falling to a third straight grand slam final for the first time in her career.
The finals on Saturday saw the best of Simona Halep, as she was so good that her performance on the court once again, denied Serena Williams and just like in her previous grand slam finals, the opportunity to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors.
Halep may own a 2-9 record against Williams but both her wins have been resounding, the other being a 6-0 6-2 result at the WTA finals in 2014.
The world No. 7 said she had a few butterflies before the encounter yet it didn’t show. She broke Williams in the first game, part of a run where she claimed consecutive points.
Halep showed why she’s one of the best movers around when she chased a ball in her forehand corner, then finished with a sublime backhand cross-court near the net.
Halep got some luck in the third game, seeing her ball off the net cord stay inside the court while Williams’ reply clipped the tape and landed on her side. She earned a double break advantage with a backhand return winner down the line. It was all working for her as he struck an ace to get to 4-0. Williams — who led the event in aces and hit the fastest serve so far — didn’t hit an ace until set two.
Her first unforced error came at 5-1, 15-0 — a forehand into the net — but it certainly didn’t put her off. Williams crushed a backhand crosscourt. Maybe not expecting it to come back, even from the speedy Halep, it did, and Williams hit a backhand into the net.
Through five games in the second set, Halep made just one unforced error. Yes, she continued to be stingy.
She dug out from 15-30 at 0-1, then broke for 3-2 when Williams put a backhand long.
A seemingly simple point for some with Halep out of position, but the 27-year-old’s retrieving throughout surely prompted the miss.
She then saved the next game from 15-30 to get to 4-2 and broke again for 5-2.
Williams’ serve finally clicked to prolong that game but when they were embroiled in baseline rallies, Halep won the majority of the points, mirroring the match.
And a first Wimbledon title was officially hers when Williams’ forehand found the net.
Halep sunk to her knees and took it all in for a second.