Simona Halep won her first career Wimbledon title with a victory over Serena Williams on Saturday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI |
Simona Halep recorded her first career Grand Slam win against Serena Williams on Saturday at Wimbledon. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI |
Romanian Simona Halep celebrates after defeating American Serena Williams in the 2019 women’s final at Wimbledon on Saturday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI |
Romanian Simona Halep returns the ball against American Serena Williams in the 2019 women’s final match at Wimbledon on Saturday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI |
American Serena Williams shows frustration in the 2019 women’s final match against Romanian Simona Halep at Wimbledon on Saturday,. Halep won the match 6-2, 6-2. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI |
American Serena Williams is frustrated duringn the 2019 women’s final match against Romanian Simona Halep at Wimbledon on Saturday. Halep won the match 6-2,6-2. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI |
Halep, 27, beat Williams 6-2, 6-2 in straight sets in London. The Romanian needed only 26 minutes to take the first set and, despite the American’s rally late in the second set, held on to capture the victory at the All England Club.
Halep also won the French Open last year. Halep was previously 0-3 against Williams in Grand Slam matches.
“It’s something very special and I will never forget this day because it was my mom’s dream when I was about 10,” Halep said.
Williams, 37, was in pursuit of her 24th Grand Slam title. She has lost three consecutive Grand Slam finals.
Williams hasn’t won a major title since beating her sister, Venus, at the 2017 Australian Open. She hasn’t won a tournament of any kind since giving birth to her daughter in September 2017 and returning to the tour five months later.
Halep joked she was most excited about securing membership at Wimbledon for life with the victory.
“That was one of my motivations before this tournament, so now I’m happy,” she said.