Simona Halep’s first words after Wimbledon triumph will surprise you

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | 0

Simona Halep created history on Saturday after she defeated US veteran Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 to become the first Romanian to win Wimbledon.

Halep, who had won her first Grand Slam at the French Open last year, absolutely dominated proceedings from the outset as she won 83 per cent of the points on her first serve (against Serena’s 59). Besides, she converted four break points while consolidating her serve throughout the all-important clash that lasted just 56 minutes.

And while entering the press room, Halep was surprised to see a packed house, which, generally, isn’t the case. “Woah! Now I feel like I won the tournament,” she said.

Reflecting on her triumph, the 27-year-old said: “I wanted this badly. When I started the tournament, I talked to the people from the locker room that my dream is to become a member here. So today it’s real and I’m really happy.”

Her opponent, Serena, remarked Halep emerged victorious for being able to return ‘tremendous’ number of balls, something she came to terms with a little too late into the contest.

“I think she was getting so many balls back,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said. “I do have a strategy for players that do get a lot of balls back, which I thought about far too late.

“I think I was over-hitting it, trying to go for too much. She was getting just a tremendous amount of balls back.”

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