Simona Halep crushed Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in just 56 minutes to win the Ladies Championship at Wimbledon and her first Grand Slam on grass.
Halep, the 27 year old Romanian, added the Wimbledon title to her French Open success, with a runners up finish at the Australian Open to boot. She went into Saturday’s final against Serena Williams as the underdog – but was sensational from start to finish – showing fearless aggression against the power hitting of Williams and her court coverage was exceptional – wearing Williams down in rallies, causing the American to hit 26 unforced errors across the match.
Williams, coming into the final, had fired 45 aces at Wimbledon 2019 – but against Halep she could only manage two – Halep’s returning ability stifling the Williams serve that is usually such a weapon for the American.
After racing into a 4-0 lead in just 11 minutes, Halep closed out the first 6-2 – and though the second set started closer, Halep, at 3-2, won three successive games to take the match and title, despite having lost to her opponent in nine of her previous ten encounters. Halep won a staggering 82% of her first serve points, and this victory will take her to fourth in the World rankings.
Speaking after her win, Halep confessed she doubted she could ever win at Wimbledon : “Thinking that it is a possibility to win on grass, it was tough to believe because we don’t even have a court, grass court, in Romania. I never thought. I’m very honest. I never thought that I’m able to win on grass with all these players that are very tall and serving with a lot of power”
Halep paid full respect to Williams, knowing what she must do to beat her legendary opponent : “I’m very sure that was the best match of my life. Also on grass against her is never easy. So I’m really proud of my game of today and the whole tournament. “I’m happy about what I achieved these two weeks. I can’t describe how I feel winning Wimbledon. It’s pretty special”
Williams was gracious in defeat, acknowledging the standard of Halep’s play : “She played out of her mind…I was like a deer in headlights.”
Halep had previously disposed of young American sensation Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff and reached the final by beating Elina Svitolina. Her straight sets win in the final means that she only dropped one set across all her matches before being proclaimed 2019 Ladies Champion.
SIMONA HALEP v SERENA WILLIAMS – MATCH STATS
- Aces : Williams 2, Halep 1
- Double Faults : Williams 1, Halep 0
- 1st Serve Win Percentage : Williams 59%, Halep 82%
- 2nd Serve Win Percentage : Williams 47%, Halep 45%
- Net Points Won : Williams 4/11, Halep 2/2
- Break Points Won : Williams 0/1, Halep 4/5
- Winners : Williams 17, Halep 13
- Unforced Errors : Williams 26, Halep 3
- Total Points Won : Williams 38, Halep 54
- SIMONA HALEP WINS 6-2, 6-2