Romania’s Simona Halep won the Wimbledon tournament this Saturday, commandingly defeating American Serena Williams in just 55 minutes, 6-2, 6-2. Williams had so far been 3-0 against Halep in Grand Slam matches.
This is the second Grand Slam title for Halep, after her French Open win in 2018.
No. 7-seed, 27-year-old Halep only lost one set on her journey to her second Grand Slam title, to fellow national Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round.
Halep played on Saturday her fifth Grand Slam final, after three in Roland Garros and one at the Australian Open, securing 2,350,000 pounds in prize money and 2,000 WTA points; Williams received 1,175,000 pounds and 1,300 WTA points.
This was the second time that Halep defeated Serena Williams out of 11 matchups, the first being in the Singapore tournament final in 2014. 6-0, 6-2.
“Don’t ask me if I was nervous!”
Simona Halep became on Saturday the first Romanian woman who won the Wimbledon title; the new champion of the British tournament made her first statements at the end of the match against Serena Williams. After the emblematic game, she thanked to her parents, especially her mother, as well as to the Romanians, for her success, in a thrilling message.
“I have never played a better match. It was the best match. Serena always inspired me, so thank you for that. I have worked a lot for this moment, to play in front of the Royal Box. Thank you. Don’t ask me if I was nervous.
I had nerves, my stomach was not very well before the match, but I know that there’s no time for emotions. I just came on court and I gave my best. It’s something very special to hold this trophy and I will never forget this day. It was my mom’s dream, when I was about 10-12, she said that if I want to do something in tennis, I have to play the final of Wimbledon. So that day came. So, my mom, thanks, thanks to my parents, actually.
At the beginning of the tournament, I told to the people from the locker room that if I will win this tournament, it’s gonna be amazing, because I will get a membership for life. So, here I am. It was one of my motivations before this tournament, so now I’m happy.
I have worked a lot to change a little bit my game, to be able to win matches on grass, it was never easy, here you cannot really run that much, but I started to feel the game, when the ball came to me, I knew what to do with it. So, it was an amazing year and an amazing tournament, and I can’t wait to come back here, actually.
To my parents, to my family, thank you very much! Without you, I couldn’t be here. Because, they support me since actually I was born (e.n. – she smiles). My team, to Daren Cahill. Because of him, I have learned how to be a better person on court. Thank you very much!
I would like to thank to my country, because I have a lot of support every time I play, and Mister Tiriac, he came specially for my final.
Thank you for supporting me all the time and being hard to me it’s been great. Thank you very much! Thank you for coming everyone from the Royal Family. It’s been an honor to win at Wimbledon!”, Simona Halep stated at the end of the match against Serena Williams.
President Iohannis, PM Dancila congratulate Simona Halep on Wimbledon title win
President Klaus Iohannis congratulated Simona Halep for her victory in the Wimbledon women’s singles final, writing on Facebook: “Congratulations, Simona Halep for winning the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament! An exceptional victory for the Romanian tennis, for Romania!”
Premier Viorica Dancila too congratulated Halep on her tremendous win.
“Congratulations to the champion of Romania! Congratulations, Simona! You have filled our hearts with joy and pride!,” Dancila wrote on Facebook.