Simona Halep of Romania celebrates her victory over Serena Williams of the US in the women's final of the Wimbledon ChampionshipsAAP
14 July, 2019, 04:40
"She said if I want to do something special in tennis I will have to play in the final of Wimbledon", she said.
On the other hand, Serena counted to 17 winners but also 26 mistakes, unable to penetrate the rival and impose her shots as she did in the previous rounds, facing five break points and getting broken four times to propel Simona towards the second Major title after Roland Garros 2018.
"Now, you know, in my 20s - I'm always expected to win, but it's a different circumstance for me", she said.
"In the meantime, I got pregnant, had a baby, so. that definitely plays a little bit into it".
Romania's richest man, Ion Tiriac, was in full flow on the Wimbledon players' lawn when, 10 minutes after leaving Centre Court, Simona Halep bounded up to give him a hug. Serena sprayed a forehand error in the first game of the match to give serve away, finding herself 2-0 down when Simona held at love in game two with a backhand error and allowing the Romanian to grab another break with a backhand down the line victor.
Watching on it seemed impossible that when Halep was a young child in Romania she used to cry before going onto court because she was so shy. This is not the kind of background din you need when trying to win a Grand Slam. She had been injured for much of the season leading into the tournament, but she was starting to show a return to vintage form and said she no longer was experiencing any pain in her knee or elsewhere. Because if you listen to him, you get the good things.
Halep had previously said she hoped members of the Royal Family would be in the stands to watch her match, and was thrilled she finds out Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton were in attendance. You can get nervous, too nervous. If she is quite happy the way she is, then fine. So I did that.