Publicado: Lun, Julio 15, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

John McEnroe issues Serena Williams warning after Simona Halep wins Wimbledon

John McEnroe issues Serena Williams warning after Simona Halep wins Wimbledon

Time and again, Williams went for broke on her shots, eager to end the rally, only to watch in near disbelief as Halep chased down a ball that would have been a victor against many other opponents.

Williams served 45 aces en route to the final but it was Halep who served the first one on Saturday to move 4-0 ahead.

Simona Halep has delivered a heartfelt tribute to Australian super-coach Darren Cahill after producing one of the most devastating displays in Wimbledon finals history. When someone plays lights out, there's really not much you can do. Some said that Halep definitely deserved the win as Williams was not in her best shape during the game.

She had won her first Wimbledon title, and second Grand Slam, with an astonishing 6-2, 6-2 rout over Williams, often considered the greatest of all time, in under an hour.

"The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I'm in my grave", said the 37-year-old in response to the question. I think it's just coming out there and doing the best that you can. Her performance and steeliness were a stark contrast from Williams' struggles and passion.

Serena Williams in action on Centre Court at Wimbledon during the women's singles final. I had the chance to meet her after the match. But after losing each of her first three major finals, Halep now has won two straight, including at last year's French Open.

"Today was the best match she's ever played and she's just beaten Serena Williams in 55 minutes".

When time was called, she took a deep breath, exhaling as her shoulders sank down without tension, and headed back on the court to finish what she had started against Serena Williams. She was looking for her 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie Margaret Court's all-time record.

Since returning to tennis, Williams has dealt with injuries but still managed to remain among the game's elite.

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But never before had she been up against an opponent she described as "playing out of her mind".

"She's an incredible person, Angelique is, and she's a really good friend, so I'm really happy for her", the athlete said.

Sportsbooks list Williams as a -184 favorite (risk $184 to win $100) in the latest Williams vs. Halep odds, with the latter getting +156 (risk $100 to win $156) as the underdog.

Victory means she becomes a lifetime Wimbledon member. She didn't merely play defense, though, managing to go from retrieving an apparent point-ending stroke by Williams to lashing a victor of her own in a blink. Halep's extraordinary speed and counter-punching under pressure delivered her the first set in 26 minutes. But there was no denying Halep, who played the near-perfect game in the middle of a storm that eventually ran out of force.

Williams, in stark contrast, came out looking a bit tight, short-arming shots and accumulating nine unforced errors before conjuring up a single victor. This is not the kind of background din you need when trying to win a Grand Slam. Williams, on the other hand, looked tight and lacked any feel. "I would like her to put everything else aside, because she's got people working on those things". Williams' greatest show of emotion came after she stretched for a forehand volley victor on the second set's second point.

Then came the moment she would have normally stumbled at. Halep broke to lead 3-2 in that set when Williams pushed a backhand long, and there wasn't much left from there. Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair's strong picks for Halep vs. Williams, all from the acclaimed expert who correctly predicted world No. 1 and pre-Wimbledon favorite Ash Barty would be eliminated early.

Until she does that, Australia's Court can sleep peacefully knowing her record is safe - at least for now.

Halep said it had been her "mother's dream" for her to hold aloft the Venus Rosewater Dish. So today it's real.

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