Wimbledon has a new queen: Simona Halep, who succeeds Angelique Kerber as the SW19 women’s singles champion.

There is an old cliché that is ever living in the sports world: the match of [someone’s] life. Nevertheless, as cliché as the saying goes, this is exactly what happened to Simona Halep, as the Romanian completely dominated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in 56 minutes to claim her maiden Wimbledon crown.

For the 27-year-old, it is a second Grand Slam title, following the French Open in 2018.

Sealed with a warm hug
Photo © AELTC/Ian Walton

Did Williams play poorly? Was she injured? No to both questions. She did appear to be nervous at the start of the match, but she visibly got over the nerves midway through the first set. In fact, she was, plain and simply, outplayed by her rival, as she herself admitted to Sue Barker: “She really played out of her mind”, said the American. Yes, her 24th Grand Slam title will have to wait, again. But it was not for lack of trying on her part. Sometimes, you can only say “too good”, which is exactly what Serena did.

The match of her life

WImbledon 2019 - Simona Halep winning moment
Dream come true!
Photo © AELTC/Tim Clayton

After the match, Simona Halep, all smiles, admitted that she had never played better: “It was the best match [I ever played]”, she told Barker on the court.

However, considering how calm and composed she looked, were there any nerves?

“I had nerves. My stomach was not very well before the match, but there was no place for nerves.”

– Simona Halep

It most definitely did not show.

Winning Wimbledon: a dream

Wimbledon 2019 - Simona Halep in the hall of champions
The pride of a champion
Photo © AELTC/Ben Queenborough

Same as Angelique Kerber last year, winning Wimbledon was a dream for Simona Halep. And just like the German did, she had to defeat the very best, Serena Williams, to obtain it.

A dream that came true in Technicolor!


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