Wimbledon Final : In winning their first Grand Slam title, they became the first Colombians to triumph at Wimbledon. The final of the women’s doubles was postponed until Sunday.
Czech Barbora Strycova, a singles semi-finalist, and Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh will face Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and China’s Yifan Xu.
Halep was not concerned with preventing Williams from winning a 24th Grand Slam title. All Halep cared about was winning her first at the All England Club. And she played pretty much perfectly.
On top of her game right from start to finish, Halep overwhelmed Williams 6-2, 6-2 in stunning fashion for her second major championship. The whole thing took less than an hour as Williams lost her third Slam final in a row as she tries to equal Margaret Court’s record for most major trophies in tennis history.
Saturday’s women’s final occupied just 56 minutes. So was this an underwhelming return on tickets that started at £185 per seat? You might think so – but only if you weren’t there.
In fact, it was a privilege to be on Centre Court to watch Simona Halep – a dedicated and enormously likeable athlete – deliver the performance of her life. In 93 points, she hit only three unforced errors, and you could argue whether the third of those – an unreturned second serve – should even count. It was the cleanest match played in a Wimbledon final since IBM started cataloguing these statistics in 1998.
The scoreline – a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Serena Williams – might make this sound like a forgettable occasion. But the passion of the 15,000 on Centre Court has rarely reached higher levels.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated the Grand Slams. While their status as legends of the game is already secure, it appears that neither one of them is willing to relinquish their iron grip on each tournament.
Their consistency and hunger keeps the rest of the pack on their toes and it therefore seemed inevitable that two out of this reigning triumvirate of tennis kings would go onto reach the final at this year’s Wimbledon.