Simona Halep revealed how she shrugged apart her earlier trepidation of going through Serena Williams as she hammered the 23-time grand slam champion in Saturday’s Wimbledon remaining.
Previous to their assembly on Centre Court docket, Halep had received simply certainly one of 10 conferences with the American, on the WTA Finals in Singapore 5 years in the past, however she was put apart her rival 6-2, 6-2 in lower than an hour on this event.
In doing so, Halep claimed her maiden title on the All England Membership, whereas Williams was left to mirror on a 3rd successive defeat in main finals.
Halep, in the meantime, now has a second crown so as to add to the French Open she received in 2018, having misplaced all three of her grand slam finals earlier than that Roland Garros triumph.
“Well, I thought about the match, but I didn’t think at all against who I play,” Halep advised a media convention.
“I (have) at all times been intimidated just a little bit when I confronted Serena. She’s an inspiration for everybody and the mannequin for everybody.
“Immediately I determined earlier than the match that I’m going to concentrate on myself and on the ultimate of a grand slam, not on her. That is why I was capable of play my greatest, to be relaxed, and to have the ability to be optimistic and assured in opposition to her.
“I determined this morning how I need to play in opposition to her. I knew precisely what I need to do to place her in hassle, not letting her make her sport.
“When she has time, she performs unbelievable. I performed many occasions in opposition to her. I knew how the ball is coming. I knew what she does not like that a lot.
“Immediately I simply went for it like in Singapore. I had that picture in my head. I actually believed there may be the prospect to do the identical factor. I knew I have to remain there each ball. In any other case, when she comes again, she’s very highly effective.
“It is by no means simple to face a grand slam remaining. You will get intimidated by the second. You will get nervous, too nervous.
“I have discovered that it is a regular match, not pondering that a lot in regards to the trophy, simply going there and attempt to be the most effective as you possibly can. So I did that.
“I said that every time I would play a final of a grand slam, I will do exactly the same thing. So today I did it.”