Halep inspired by Federer prior to Serena thrashing

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Women's Singles final

In the interview she opined that Williams should focus on tennis if she'd like to match or break Court's record.

Romania's Simona Halep hugs United States' Serena Williams after defeating her in the women's singles final match on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

"There's so many impressive things about her", Williams said.

The 37-year-old admitted after her semi-final win over Barbora Strycova that her volleying has become stronger after spending time with Murray. Notably, she also refused to join in this fortnight with any chorus of protest from the women about the scheduling of matches compared with the men. She hasn't won a tournament of any kind since giving birth to her daughter in September 2017 and returning to the tour five months later.

"It's good, especially after my year", she was quoted as saying by the BBC after the semifinal.

"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life".

King added it's "not fair" to ask that of Williams, but it's "just a wish I have" to see what the star could do if tennis were her only focus.

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Williams has dropped just two sets so far in the tournament, one of which came in the quarterfinal against Alison Riske. (You can check out their head-to-head stats on Tennis.com.) But don't count Halep out yet.

The irony was not lost on the Romanian former world number one as she drank in her success.

After falling in her last two major finals, at Wimbledon past year and the US Open soon after, it seemed like Williams had finally hit her stride after coming back from a complicated childbirth and maternity leave.

She revealed that one of her biggest motivations was the promise of a lifetime's membership to the All England Club and she said she could not wait to enjoy the facilities without the pressure of a match the next day, proudly pointing to her member's badge with pride. I don't know what she wants. "I just told her that we'll talk later".

"I'm just going in the right direction in terms of getting back to where I need to be".

"It's woman power", said the 57-year-old Comaneci. History isn't on Halep's side - she has a 1-9 record against Williams - but the fact that she's playing better on grass than ever before in her career should bolster her self-belief. "I mean, I don't really think about it". I have so much to look forward to. Serena stayed in touch in the first four games of the second set before a bad backhand error in game five, sending the rival in front and propelling Halep 5-2 up after a backhand down the line victor from the Romanian in the seventh game.



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