Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams was stunned at Wimbledon Championships 2019 finals by Simona Halep. Halep just took 56 minutes to thrash Williams 6-2, 6-2 in a Grand Slam final. The Romanian ace was flawless throughout the match and just committed three unforced errors. That Saturday under the English sky, World Number two Halep played some of the best tennis in her career.
Recently her longtime coach Patrick Mouratoglou revealed what went wrong that day in SW19. Williams did not combat as fearlessly as she usually does. All because, she was super nervous before the match, and couldn’t move well with butterflies in her stomach.
“We all knew that Halep never thought she would win Wimbledon in her life. So she has no expectation, which is the ideal situation to be in,” Mouratoglou told UBI Tennis in an exclusive interview.
“Probably at the start of the match she felt that Serena was really nervous. I think this was one of the matches she was the most nervous in. She hit a few shots that almost went under the net and I think Simona felt so free. She hit a few great shots on difficult points,” he added.
“It’s a new situation Serena Williams faces” – Patrick Mouratoglou
World Number nine Serena was nowhere close to her best form during the English Major final. She wasn’t really moving well, committed a series of unforced errors. Her second serve percentage was poor and she just won six points on Simona’s serve.
With that, the American recorded her poorest return percentage in a Grand Slam final, as she had won just 26 percent of her return points. Also, her shots were erratic.
“You have to find a way to loosen up more. If you can’t find a way you can’t play your tennis and then you have no chance at that level. It’s a new situation she faces, but it is also explained by that fact that nobody has ever experienced that much pressure,” Patrick explained.
23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is yet to fulfill her reverie of her 24th Major and equally Margeret Court’s all-time record. Since her maternity hiatus, she has reached four Slam finals and every time she is falling short by two sets to pull off her 24th Slam glory.