Williams was denied the chance to win her eighth Wimbledon title as she was thumped 6-2 6-2 by world no. 7 Halep.
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 past year. Halep, flawless in the final, was all over the court, running down balls, finding openings and threading the needle with her shot making. Halep, trying to become the first Romanian to win at the All England Club, had lost just one set coming into the final (in the second round to Mihaela Buzărnescu) and was putting on her best grass showing since a 2014 semifinal appearance.
Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. You can get intimidated by the moment.
"I think I played my best tennis ever", said Halep.
"I just have to keep going and keep trying, and just keep moving forward".
"Well I had nerves, my stomach wasn't well before. So today I did it".
Halep weathered the squall, then reeled off the last five games of what she described as the match of her life.
'I don't know any other woman who can run as fast as Halep.
Williams has won only two of her past six finals in Slams.
Williams needs to pick up her play in a hurry if she wants to claim another Wimbledon title.
Her performance and steeliness were a stark contrast from Williams' struggles and passion.
Williams is facing an uphill battle - her last Grand Slam title came in 2017 at the Australian Open. She had been injured for much of the season leading into the tournament, but she was starting to show a return to vintage form and said she no longer was experiencing any pain in her knee or elsewhere.
In June, King said Williams was doing too much and would have to hunker down and focus on tennis if she wanted to win at Wimbledon. Besides, she converted four break points while consolidating her serve throughout the all-important clash that lasted just 56 minutes. "That's kind of what I've been doing since I got to 18 (slams)", Williams said after her Wimbledon defeat. Across from where the great American was seated was Romanian Simona Halep, all smiles, eyes brighter than the London summer sky.
But just because Williams has dominated the rivalry doesn't mean she'll cruise to another Wimbledon crown Saturday.
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