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Halep beats Serena Williams in Wimbledon final

Halep beats Serena Williams in Wimbledon final

But more than anything, the fact that she is playing without any pain in the injured knee that has hampered her for much of the season and kept her extremely low on match play (she had just 12 matches under her belt before the fortnight) has made the difference. Maintaining a positive attitude will be key.

When asked if she had ever played better than that by Sue Barker on the BBC, she replied: 'Never. It all comes down to belief.

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the 40th episode of their storied rivalry to book a place in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut to make the final. No. 11 seed Serena Williams, 9 a.m.

And how could she not?

Now her daughter, Olympia, is almost 2; Williams held her in an arm while cooling down on a stationary bike at the All England Club this week.

Halep will need to disrupt Serena's comfort zone to have any chance of getting to slam No. 2.

Factbox:Wimbledon champion Simona HalepDefeat for 37-year-old Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion who won the last of her 23 Slam titles at the 2017 Australian Open, meant her attempt to equal Margaret Court's all-time record for major wins was put back on ice until at least the US Open.

"As I said few days ago, now when the ball is coming to me, now I know what to do with it". "Serena likes to step into the return". By this point not only was her mind aching but so was her body. That takes away the angle and the power. "I know I'm improving and I just needed to feel good and then I can do what I do best which is play tennis".

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She added: "Just trying to tap into that younger Serena, trying to tap into how to win, basically".

"I remember after that, I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit".

It's just the second Grand Slam title for Halep, who won the French Open in 2018.

One of the big questions was always going to be how heavily history would weigh on Williams' shoulders, and she looked like she had lead in her right arm and her feet. Overall at Wimbledon, Djokovic is now 63-1 after winning the first set.

That was one more than Williams in her clash with Barbora Strycova but Halep was a step up from her previous opponents, and she showed that immediately.

She's been dealing with those sorts of issues since returning to the tour past year after taking time off while having a baby.

Halep rallied to break twice for a match-winning 5-2 margin and finished off the contest inside an hour on Centre Court.


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