Simona Halep beats Serena Williams for Wimbledon title

Carrie Guzman
July 14, 2019

The Romanian's 56-minute 6-2 6-2 demolition of Serena Williams earned her a second Grand Slam title.

Williams has always embraced her role as a champion of gender equality and that was on show in a recent essay she penned for Harper's Bazaar in which she addressed her controversial US Open final against Naomi Osaka a year ago.

Williams had faced only one top-30 player coming into the final - Germany's Julia Goerges in the third round - hence when she came up against former world number one Halep, she found herself ambushed with no way out.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Simona Halep of Romania, victor and Serena Williams of The United States, runner-up pose for a photo with their respective trophies after the Ladies' Singles final during Day twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. You can get intimidated by the moment.

"My mum said when I was 10 that if I want to do something in tennis, I have to play in the final at Wimbledon", she said after her win.

"It's something very special and I'll never forget this day". 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.

"I don't know. I feel like I'm just really on this journey of just doing the best that I can, playing the best that I can when I can". At times she looked overcome with the pressure and the weight of the record books. "So now I am happy".

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"Halep moves better than anyone on the tour".

Williams has won only two of her past six finals in Slams. She remained rock solid throughout and Williams simply could not respond. I knew she's very emotional.

Despite having only five tournaments under her belt this year, Williams, who won her first Wimbledon title in 2002, had looked calm and composed en route to her 11th Wimbledon final. "I made way too many errors for a lot of stuff to work", said Williams, who trailed 4-0 before finally registering on the scoreboard.

However, it's important to note while King referenced "gender equity", she never explicitly said Williams should stop fighting for equality.

After losing to Kerber here a year ago, then going down to Naomi Osaka in a stormy U.S. Open final, the stage was set for the 37-year-old to finally move level with Australian Margaret Court on the all-time list. Every time she wins one more match helps.

Serena Williams says she has no plans to end her fight for equality any time soon after a question from a reporter invoked Billie Jean King's concerns on Williams' dedication to tennis. "I think I gave a great effort for this fortnight".

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