Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-2.
It took her a swift 56 minutes to brush aside Serena Williams, great champion that she is, 6-2, 6-2. And no one was more surprised than Simona herself. When asked when she, a former Roland-Garros champion and twice more a finalist on the clay courts of Paris, first believed she could win Wimbledon, she admitted to the packed house in the interview room: “Today!”
“When I started the tournament,” she explained, “I talked to the people from the locker room that my dream is to become a member here. So today it's real and I'm really happy.
“I met Philip [Brook, the Chairman of the All England Club]. He told me, ‘Any time you want, you can come, have dinner, have lunch, playing a little bit tennis’. I will come for sure. [I will come] Without pressure, without thinking I have a match tomorrow.”
Kenya Ladies Open