‘Never played better’: Halep leaves beaten Serena ‘like deer in headlights’

Simona Halep poses with the trophy as she celebrates after winning the final against Serena Williams at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, July 13, 2019. — Reuters pic
Simona Halep poses with the trophy as she celebrates after winning the final against Serena Williams at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, July 13, 2019. — Reuters pic

LONDON, July 13 — Simona Halep said she had “never played better” after shattering Serena Williams’s latest bid to capture a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam today as she stormed to a sensational victory in a 56-minute Wimbledon final.

The 27-year-old Romanian captured her second career major with a 6-2, 6-2 victory, adding a maiden Wimbledon to her 2018 Roland Garros triumph.

“I never played a better match,” said Halep.

“My mom said when I was 10 that if I want to do something in tennis I have to play in the final at Wimbledon

“I had lots of nerves, my stomach wasn’t very well.

“I said at the start of the tournament that one of my motivations was to win and become a lifetime member of the club.”

Defeat 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.

Williams was undone by 26 unforced errors to Halep’s two in a personal horror show on Centre Court.

“She played out of her mind,” said Williams. “I was like a deer in headlights.” — AFP

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