What are the emotions that flow through a tennis player when they are on the verge of winning the Wimbledon title? Simona Halep takes you through it.
Romanian Halep beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 at All England Club on Saturday to win her second Grand Slam title.
So what was flowing through her mind when she stood on the verge of securing her maiden trophy at SW19?
“Set and 5-2 when I was serving, after few points during the match, I looked at the scoreboard. I said, ‘Okay, it’s 5-2, it’s real,'” Halep said. “Then I just played every ball. I didn’t think about the score at all.
“I felt my legs that are very soft after I won the last point. I didn’t know actually how to react. I just did natural what it came in my inside. It’s tough to describe the moment. You just feel light, you feel everything is beautiful, and you just try to enjoy.”
The 2018 French Open champion dominated Williams from start to finish as the American failed to come up with answers to the questions asked by the 27-year-old, who broke twice in both sets to win in under an hour.
“I knew that I have to be aggressive, being 100% for every ball, that I don’t have to let her come back to the match because she’s so powerful and so strong,” Halep, who came into the match with a 1-9 head-to-head record, said. “She knows how to manage every moment. So I knew that I have to stay there, which I did pretty well today.”
She added: “I decided this morning how I have to play against her. I knew exactly what I have to do to put her in trouble, not letting her make her game. When she has time, she plays unbelievable.I played many times against her. I knew how the ball is coming. I knew what she doesn’t like that much.
“Today I just went for it like in Singapore. I had that image in my head. I really believed there is the chance to do the same thing. I knew I have to stay there every ball. Otherwise, when she comes back, she’s very powerful.”
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