‘I had no time for emotions’: Halep on her fearless defeat of Williams

The Romanian took less than an hour to demolish the seven-times Wimbledon champion. But we shouldn’t write off Williams just yet

Last month, Simona Halep was asked what she thought when the word “grass” came up. She replied: “Picnics.” Now the 27-year-old Romanian is Wimbledon singles champion, having obliterated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour on centre court. It was a ruthless, near-perfect exhibition of grass-court tennis, and a brutal, confounding and at times poignant defeat for Williams, a seven-times winner here.

As Halep clutched the Venus Rosewater Dish to her chest, there was an obvious question: had she ever played better? “Never,” she beamed. “It was the best match. I had nerves. My stomach was not very well before the match. But I had no time for emotions.”

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