NEW

The Lion is the UTS2 king

Alexander ‘The Lion’ Zverev needed Sudden Death to beat Felix ‘The Panther’ Auger-Aliassime and become king of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown jungle on Sunday.

WTA Tour resumes in Palermo

The 31st Ladies Open Palermo kicks off in Sicily on Monday, marking the resumption of the WTA Tour after five months suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic and the exhibition events that have peppered the calendar since March wrapped up at the weekend.

The British Bulldogs just edge it

As the organiser of the Battle of the Brits Team event, Jamie Murray couldn’t have been more delighted that, after a week’s highly competitive play, the final outcome of the event wasn’t settled until the last match.

New York Empire win World TeamTennis 2020

New York Empire defeated Chicago Smash, 21-20 in a supertiebreaker, to win the 2020 World Team Tennis season in a nail-biting finish at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort on Sunday, and hoist the King Trophy for the first time.

UTS Finals on BBC Sport

The Ultimate Tennis Showdown is an innovative competition organised by leading coach Patrick Mouratoglou at his academy in the south of France to help fill the void created by the suspension of the professional tours, and with matches split into quarters, a unique...

New York upset Philadelphia to meet Chicago in WTT Final

The two top seeds failed to make the final of World TeamTennis on Saturday at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia after the New York Empire upset favourites Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-18, and Chicago Smash took out Orlando Storm, 24-13.

Race to the line

Jamie Murray, the man behind the Battle of the Brit events, will be delighted that his team event has reached the final day with both teams sharing the points and the finishing line of 60, just ten matches away

US Open to go ahead

The USTA has confirmed that the US Open will go ahead as planned, alongside the Western & Southern Open tune-up event the week before, both with strict protocols in place.

Player tests positive at Palermo

The WTA’s woes continue as news broke of a player testing positive for coronavirus at the Palermo Open follows hot on the heels of the cancellation of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

Watson and Edmund are Friday’s standout players

The Battle of the Brits Team event at the NTC is certainly proving to be a very competitive competition with a great atmosphere despite here being no spectators.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Wimbledon | Halep outplays Williams for title

Simona Halep made her mum’s dream come true as she overcame mother-of-one Serena Williams to lift the Wimbledon title.

The seventh seed from Romania took just 56 minutes to dismantle an opponent reckoned to be the greatest women’s player of all time 6-2 6-2

It is unbelievable. I did have nerves – my stomach was not well. Now I am happy Simona Halep

Halep, whose mother Tania was in the guest box, said: “It was my mum’s dream 12 years ago that I played in the final of Wimbledon . Well the day has come true.

“It is unbelievable. I did have nerves – my stomach was not well. Now I am happy.

“It was an honour to play in front of the Royal Box and was happy to see the Duchess of Cambridge.”

Halep, the 2018 French Open champion, pulled an opponent looking to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 major all over the court.

Her pace and killer returns never allowed Williams to settle, it was a near-perfect performance, producing just a single error.

Williams said: “Simona played out of her mind. All you can do is tip your hat. Congratulations.”

The 37-year-old American was outplayed.

John McEnroe said: “Speed kills.”

Williams, looking tense, found herself two breaks down as Halep made a dream start.

It was predicted to be a classic encounter between a server and returner. Williams’ serve is rated the most accurate in tennis, while Halep is a tenacious returner.

Halep went in as the underdog, experts such as Tracy Austin, Chanda Rubin and John McEnroe, all tipped the American.

But it was clear her opponent was struggling to shake off nerves and find her game. Maybe it was the lack of matches this year because of knee trouble coming home to roost.

William has been – so often – the dictator in matches over years in which she has attained the crown of GOAT.

But the script was in danger of being ripped up and Halep cruised in front after just 26 minutes.

It meant Williams had to come from behind for the first time to win the title since overcoming sister Venus in the 2003 final.

She put pressure on Halep in the Romanian’s opening service at 15-30 after holding her own serve.

But her opponent survived. Williams looked as though she had found a consistent rhythm on her serve to go 2-1 up in front of pal the Duchess of Sussex, sitting next to the Duchess of Cambridge, who Halep revealed she liked.

Williams seemed to be finding a bit more of the form that had won her seven Wimbledon crowns.

But in the fifth game of the second Williams was broken. She looked flat, making unforced errors especially when she hit a ‘gimme’ long on the forehand on break point.


Simona Halep celebrates becoming Wimbledon champion

Getty Images

It went from bad to worse when she lost her serve again, looking flat-footed and producing her 24th unforced error.

And then Halep secured the title to love. And as Williams drove a forehand into the net, the former world No.1 sunk to her knees, crossed her arms across the top of her head holding her racket with a beaming smile that, according to commentator Tracy Austin, would remain on her face for two years.





Previous

Next

6 Comments

  1. Liz Wilson

    Well done.So pleased for you and your Mum.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.