Halep Wins Wimbledon, Stops Williams' Bid for 24th Slam


Romania's Simona Halep hugs USA player Serena Williams after beating her during their women's singles final on day twelve of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, on July 13, 2019.

She becomes Romania's first-ever Wimbledon singles champion, while Williams suffered a third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final after losses to Angelique Kerber at the same venue a year ago and Naomi Osaka at the US Open.

The 27-year-old Halep set the tone by breaking the Williams serve in the opening game and raced into a 4-0 lead in front of 15,000 incredulous fans on Centre Court.

The comments by King follow a pre-Wimbledon interview in which she discussed Williams' many ventures outside of tennis, including motherhood and her fight for equality.

This year was Williams' second straight year arriving to the final in hopes of tying Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles. You can get intimidated by the moment. She made it to the final of Wimbledon in 2018 but lost to Angelique Kerber.

'Ilie, thank you for coming, you're supporting me all match, ' she said for good measure. "Whenever a player plays like that you just have to take your hat off".

She added: "Well, I had nerves, my stomach was not very well before the match, but I knew there was to time for emotions. So now I am happy". "She played unbelievable", she said looking back on the 2014 match. I never thought that I would be able to win on grass, with all these players that are very tall and serving with a lot of power.

Williams was embroiled in huge storm when she accused chair umpire Carlos Ramos of being a "thief" for issuing her with code violations and claimed she was being punished because she was a woman. History isn't on Halep's side - she has a 1-9 record against Williams - but the fact that she's playing better on grass than ever before in her career should bolster her self-belief.

Not this time. Halep had lost nine of her 10 matches against Williams but on Friday she spent 30 minutes practising her returns, knowing that she had to face down the American's barrage to have any chance of getting into the match.

Williams owns seven Wimbledon titles, so she knows how to win in London. "I was like a deer in headlights", Williams said.

But Williams said this is far from her last tournament. You can get nervous, too nervous. Serena hasn't won a Grand Slam/major title since the 2017 Australian Open. "I just didn't think about what is happening and where I am, I just wanted to be aggressive, to play my plan".

But just because Williams has dominated the rivalry doesn't mean she'll cruise to another Wimbledon crown Saturday.