Simona Halep dominated the 2019 Ladies final against Serena Williams winning 6-2, 6-2 in 55 minutes.
Halep was always in control. She raced out to a 4-0 lead as Williams was looking a step behind Halep. The unforced errors were piling up for the American.
Halep played almost the perfect match. She had just three unforced errors to 26 from Serena. The winners favoured Serena 17-13 but the unforced errors were too much to overcome.
Serena only looked in the match late in the first set and early in the second before Halep again started to dominate.
Serena was again denied her first Grand Slam title since becoming a mother, also she missed out on matching Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Halep added to her 2018 French Open title to now become a multiple Grand Slam winner. She will also move up to no. 4 in the rankings.
“I never thought – I’m very honest – I never thought that I’m able to win on grass with all these players that are very tall and serving with a lot of power,” Halep said. “But this year, I started to feel the game more and more. I started to feel safe on court, which helped me a lot to believe.”
“I knew that I have to be aggressive, being 100 per cent for every ball,” she said, “that I don’t have to let her come back to the match because she’s so powerful and so strong. She knows how to manage every moment. So I knew that I have to stay there, which I did pretty well today.”
“I’m very sure that was the best match of my life. Also on grass against her is never easy. So I’m really proud of my game of today and the whole tournament.
“I thought about the match, but I didn’t think at all against who I play. I always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena. Set and 5-2 when I was serving, after few points during the match, I looked at the scoreboard. I said, Okay, it’s 5-2, it’s real. Then I just played every ball. I didn’t think at the score at all.”
“Seems like every Grand Slam final I’m in recently has been an unbelievable effort to get there. It would be interesting to see how it would be under different circumstances,” Williams said.
“Maybe playing other finals outside of Grand Slams would be really helpful just to get in the groove, so by the time I get to a Grand Slam final I’m used to what to do and how to play. I can’t say I blame injury. I wasn’t injured when the tournament started. That really is a positive for me. I just have to keep going, keep trying, keep working, maybe be able to play some tournaments uninjured, like I did with this one.”