Simona Halep made quick work of Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon final, despite entering the match with a discouraging 1-9 win-loss record against the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
The seventh-seeded Halep looked relaxed and confident as she cruised to her second major title in just 56 minutes, running after everything that seed No.11 Williams threw at her. Halep played a near perfect match, recording just three unforced errors and making Williams feel like a deer in the headlights.
It took Halep less than 12 minutes to go 4-0 up, and she barely slowed down. Williams did earn one break point in the sixth game, but didn’t convert it, and it turned out to be her only break opportunity in the entire match. Halep recorded eight winners before a single unforced error, while Williams accumulated nine unforced errors before conjuring up a single winner.
Trying to win an all-time record-tying 24th singles Grand Slam, Williams found a better rhythm early in the second set, but the Romanian broke to lead 3-2 when Williams pushed a backhand long, and the Venus Rosewater Dish was soon in her hands.
En route to the Wimbledon title, Halep defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round, compatriot Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second, fellow former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the third, teen phenomenon Cori Gauff in the fourth, as well as two nemeses in Zhang Shuai and No.8 seed Elina Svitolina, both of whom led their head-to-heads with Halep ahead of their encounters at the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament.
In the final Halep wore the Nike Fall Slam London Dress, while during the Wimbledon fortnight she also debuted the Nike Fall Victory London Skirt, both of which I presented in my NikeCourt fashion overview.
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