When Simona Halep faced off against Serena Williams, nobody expected the Romanian to win, or even win convincingly. In fact, after she was knocked out in the French Open quarterfinals, many had written her off. Even at the Eastbourne International, she only made it as far as the quarterfinals.
Now, she has gone and stunned Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 at SW19 and had her named etched on the trophy. In the wake of her triumph, her coach Daniel Dobre has challenged Halep’s critics. He revealed that after Roland Garros, they were particularly ruthless in their comments about Simona Halep.
He said, ‘For Romania it’s unbelievable…after Roland Garros, the press was so bad with her, (saying) she’s playing bad and she will not be top 10 and things like that, really not nice. Now I am waiting to see what they say’
In all honesty, he and Simona Halep have every right to be smug as a win in the oldest tournament is no mean feat. Since it is a win against a player of Serena Williams’ calibre, it makes the victory all the more special. Also, Halep delayed Serena’s quest for a 24th Grand Slam victory. The former World number 1 fought against Serena, as well as the crowd, who were mostly backing the American.
During the match, Simona Halep also set the record for the least unforced errors in the match, with three. In fact, Serena Williams believed that the Romanian was nearly unplayable. Prior to her Wimbledon 2019 triumph, Halep had won the 2018 French Open, beating Sloane Stephens. However, she has only reached as far as the finals in Australian Open 2018 and the Semifinal in US Open 2015.