Chilling Halep bubbles to the boil to win Wimbledon

Chilling Halep bubbles to the boil to win Wimbledon

Halep 27, raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set, securing a double break of serve as the Romanian made an inspired start on Centre Court. Already the French Open champion of a year ago, she was never likely to be fazed by the occasion.

When it was over, Halep still seemed to be in disbelief for a moment before realizing she won another Grand Slam title with one of the best matches of her career.

But she said those experiences had helped her here - on a surface that, as a player of 1.68m, she never thought she would be able to win on against "all these players that are very tall and serving with a lot of power".

Serena Williams could make history at Wimbledon on Saturday with a record-equaling 24 Grand Slam title.

The 37-year-old thanked her team and said it was an honor to play in front of the fans, despite the loss.

After falling in her last two major finals, at Wimbledon a year ago and the US Open soon after, it seemed like Williams had finally hit her stride after coming back from a complicated childbirth and maternity leave.

For Williams, the loss was especially hard as it kept her from a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, a record only held by Australian Margaret Court.

However, the motivation for Halep was far greater as she focused more about the title than who her opponent was.

"She's an incredible person, Angelique is, and she's a really good friend, so I'm really happy for her", the athlete said.

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She had a simple but poignant message: "The day I stop fighting for equality. will be the day I'm in my grave".

"I know, like, when I do, when I play doubles here with Venus, it definitely helps my singles game". You can get nervous, too nervous.

"That's why I was able to play my best, to be relaxed, and to be able to be positive and confident against her".

But despite the odds being in her favor, Williams told reporters on Friday she only focused on the one time she lost to Halep.

However, it's important to note while King referenced "gender equity", she never explicitly said Williams should stop fighting for equality.

The day before the women's final, eight-time Wimbledon victor and Halep's idol Federer overcame Rafael Nadal in his semi-final, before offering his support to the world number seven, saying she should "back herself" and show a "winner mentality".

"For the most part, I feel like I'm on the right track".

"But Wimbledon, I think it's very special for every country". Viewers will get to see both this morning as Williams takes on Simona Halep for the women's singles final.

Despite the loss, Williams - who got emotional - remained positive, telling the crowd at the time, "It was such an unbelievable tournament for me".

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