Serena Williams May Play in More Tournaments for Grand Slam Preparation

Serena Williams arrives to play the final

Serena Williams arrives to play the final

"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", Williams responded.

Asked to describe how victory felt, Halep revealed that her legs had almost given way.

Serena Williams doesn't plan to stop fighting for equality.

Williams steadied the ship by winning her first two service games at the start of the second set, but Halep matched her and secured a break in the fifth game after Williams sent a seemingly straightforward backhand long.

"In the meantime, I got pregnant, had a baby, so. that definitely plays a little bit into it. Whenever someone plays like that you just have to take your hat off and nod your head".

"She literally played out of her mind". You know, I never thought about time in general. It was my mum's dream when I was about 10.

The irony was not lost on the Romanian former world number one as she drank in her success. But I knew there was no time for emotions.

Romania's richest man, Ion Tiriac, was in full flow on the Wimbledon players' lawn when, 10 minutes after leaving Centre Court, Simona Halep bounded up to give him a hug.

She made her way to the climax of the 2018 U.S. Open but lost to Naomi Osaka in a match that's known more for Serena's clashes with the umpire than anything.

That much was abundantly evident on Saturday as she scorched the greatest female tennis player in the last 50 years and the most successful in terms of grand slam titles in the Open era. Serena sprayed a forehand error in the first game of the match to give serve away, finding herself 2-0 down when Simona held at love in game two with a backhand error and allowing the Romanian to grab another break with a backhand down the line victor. Williams, on the other hand, looked tight and lacked any feel.

There was strong support for Williams, including of the royal variety with friend Meghan Markle joining the Duchess of Cambridge in a crammed Royal Box. "It's fantastic. It's not a surprise she won because mentally she was ready for this win and it's now time for all of Romania to celebrate", Comaneci told Reuters in a telephone interview moments after a beaming Halep walked off Centre Court clutching the Venus Rosewater Dish.

A scheduling conflict meant Comaneci could not fly in from her home in Oklahoma for Saturday's Wimbledon finale so she resorted to an early wake-up call to follow the action on television.

Even when she was serving for the match Halep was calmness personified. It fell on deaf ears as a shanked forehand return ended the set after 26 minutes.

Williams led 2-1 but Halep's scampering was making her play an extra shot in every rally, many of which were wild ones. Halep broke again for 5-2 and calmly held to clinch the title.