Serena Williams vows to never stop fighting for equality
- Author: Julie Sanders Jul 13, 2019,
Jul 13, 2019, 20:50
Williams came into this event on the back of numerous retirements and withdrawals and her run to this stage was very hard to foresee.
She let out a long yell at the ground when she won a point on her serve and another on the next point. The groundstrokes. The court coverage. With the 24th title still proving elusive, Williams was asked what it will take for her to get over the line having lost her last three Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon 2018, 2019 and US Open 2018). She took advantage of an extremely slow start by Williams and never faltered or relented as she locked down the second Grand Slam title of her career, rolling to a 6-2, 6-2 victory in 56 minutes.
"It's good, especially after my year", she was quoted as saying by the BBC after the semifinal.
She remained rock solid throughout, making only three unforced errors in a remarkable display of defence mixed with clinical counter-punching.
She added: "Well, I had nerves, my stomach was not very well before the match, but I knew there was to time for emotions".
"Serena, wake up" came a shout from the crowd, but every time she thought she had hit a victor, back it came, and Halep wrapped up the opening set in just 26 minutes.
But it was clear from the onset that Halep was playing at a different level than any of Williams's previous opponents, and Williams was not able to match that level. She won 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 over the 27-year-old Romanian in the quarterfinals of the 2016 U.S. Open.
The latter descended into chaos after Williams was penalized a game for a heated argument with the chair umpire. At 20/37 (I have never seen this before) she is expected to emerge victorious against the 33/20 underdog (again, what is this fraction?) but anything can happen in a final.
"Someone told me I shouldn't look at the records anymore", Williams said. I think I have the feeling. I did everything I could.
Halep is well aware Williams will be chasing history on Centre Court Saturday, but insists she will be trying to create a legacy of her own. Like I just am more calm. "I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn't been a sportswoman". "So that would have been nice".
In the last decade, her rise has been steady. Williams is already a seven-time champion at the All England Club. Serena hasn't won a Grand Slam/major title since the 2017 Australian Open. Then she pulled out of matches or missed tournaments entirely because of an illness or a bad left knee. But also I made way too many errors for a lot of stuff to work.
Look where she is now. That she even reached the Wimbledon final past year, just three months after her comeback, was remarkable and testament to her prodigious drive and determination. So it's all kind of coming together.
Williams may have kept Halep waiting to go on court but if she hoped that would upset her opponent it did quite the opposite. "I will focus on myself".