Halep began the week halting American 15-year-old Coco Gauff's dream run and will end it at the Champions Ball after dismantling seven-times victor Williams 6-2 6-2 with an inspired display on Centre Court.
Williams has always embraced her role as a champion of gender equality and that was on show in a recent essay she penned for Harper's Bazaar in which she addressed her controversial US Open final against Naomi Osaka a year ago.
But despite the odds being in her favor, Williams told reporters on Friday she only focused on the one time she lost to Halep.More news: "Old Town Road" singer, Lil Nas X, headlining TwitchCon
But the overall reaction was positive, with many congratulating Halep on her first Wimbledon triumph.
Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, was trying to win her record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, but she failed in a final for the third time, in a match that lasted just 56 minutes. You can get intimidated by the moment.
"It's something very special and I'll never forget this day". She defeated Giulia Gatto-Monticone in two sets in the first round but had to play to 7 games in the second set to do it. "I wish she would just make a commitment for the next year and a half to two years and say, I'm going to absolutely focus on what's necessary for my tennis, so when I look in the mirror when I'm older, then I can go back in my mind and know I gave it everything I had". "I started to feel safe on court, which helped me a lot to believe". "So now I am happy".
After winning the title, a jubilant Halep said: "It was the best match and of course Serena always inspired us so thank you for that". History isn't on Halep's side - she has a 1-9 record against Williams - but the fact that she's playing better on grass than ever before in her career should bolster her self-belief. But I knew there was no time for emotions.More news: Geraint Thomas loses time to rivals after crash on Tour de France
Despite having only five tournaments under her belt this year, Williams, who won her first Wimbledon title in 2002, had looked calm and composed en route to her 11th Wimbledon final. Considering she had beaten Halep in nine of their 10 previous meetings, including at this year's Australian Open, the American was the overwhelming favorite to win on Saturday.
She made a mere three unforced errors, a remarkably low total and 23 fewer than Williams.
"I didn't think at all against who I play".
Will Strycova win her first Grand Slam? "That's kind of what I've been doing since I got to 18 (slams)", Williams said after her Wimbledon defeat. You can get too nervous.More news: Train carrying water to reach parched Chennai today: Railways
Simona Halep is the 2019 Wimbledon ladies champion! Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to be everything.
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