She might not have even blinked. It was over when Williams hit the ball into the net after a short rally.
Halep, 27, defeated Serena Williams, 37, in the ladies' singles championship match in the United Kingdom on Saturday, winning 6-2, 6-2. In part because of a bad left knee, she only had played 12 matches all season until Wimbledon.
This year was Williams' second straight year arriving to the final in hopes of tying Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles.
It was a almost flawless effort.
"I just have to figure out a way to win a final". But there was never a smile.
And McEnroe believes Williams needs to improve her fitness if she is ever going to win another Slam.
She added: "Well, I had nerves, my stomach was not very well before the match, but I knew there was to time for emotions". But even after her rare bright spots, she could never get any momentum going.
At 2-2 Halep scooped up a ball she had no right to reach and Williams lurched forward to blaze a backhand long.
On Saturday, she committed just three unforced errors; Williams was undone by 26.
"I think if I overdo it, then that could also be a problem, as well", Williams said. When a player plays that fantastic then you have to take your hat off and say well done. The 27-year-old is a hero of titanic proportions back home, having done body-altering surgery as a teenager, to pursue her tennis dreams. Fellow American Alison Riske gave Serena some trouble in the quarter-final, pushing the G.O.A.T to three sets.
"Yeah, I was motivated after I won the first one that there is another chance for one more". More recently she waged determined fight to win a mental battle, working with a psychologist and learning to be confident and positive in her search for glory. Longtime pal Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, were both seen clapping for her from the Royal Box. Among Tiriac's portfolio is his ownership of the Madrid Open, which she won in 2017.
Halep didn't get that memo.
Watching her daughter do that - and win - her mum Tania had no more words.
"She literally played out of her mind". I have worked a lot to change a little bit my game to play on grass.
But despite the odds being in her favor, Williams told reporters on Friday she only focused on the one time she lost to Halep. In the 2017 championship match, she blew a 6-4, 3-0 lead to Jelena Ostapenko and it seemed she couldn't get over the proverbial hump.
'I don't know any other woman who can run as fast as Halep. You can get too nervous. But I just concentrated on doing my best. So I did that. She made it to the final of Wimbledon in 2018 but lost to Angelique Kerber. "So today I did it".
This was perhaps the most emotional, Halep being a compatriot in a tight-knit world.
"Any loss for me is not easy".
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