Halep was not concerned with preventing Williams from winning a 24th Grand Slam title.
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after defeating United States' Serena Williams during the women's singles final match on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 13, 2019. And she played pretty much perfectly. "Physically I just wasn't there", Williams said Thursday after easily winning her semifinal 6-1, 6-2 against Barbara Strycova.
Serena Williams could make history at Wimbledon on Saturday with a record-equaling 24 Grand Slam title.
"She literally played out of her mind".
"I was trying to tap into those emotions", said Williams.
Talking about his pupil's next opponent, Mouratoglou said, "I have big respect for Halep and for how she plays".
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Halep won her first Grand Slam past year at the French Open and adds the Venus Rosewater Dish to her trophy case with a match where she committed just three unforced errors, compared to 25 by the seven-time Wimbledon champion Williams.
"Well, I had nerves".
"I'm desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop her", she said. "I just came on court and I gave my best".
Couldn't have been any better, really. Williams insists she's not focused on Margaret Court's record of 24.
"I was actually thinking this morning [Thursday], when I won my first Wimbledon".
Didn't take long on Saturday for Halep to demonstrate this was not going to be easy for Williams.
Halep tracked down everything, as is her wont.
The 27-year-old raced to retrieve an incredible get which sneaked over the net and Williams was only able to put her shot into the net.
Halep will also take heart from their battle at this year's Australian Open being a close one and the fact that she has more than just an A-game in her repertoire. But more than anything, the fact that she is playing without any pain in the injured knee that has hampered her for much of the season and kept her extremely low on match play (she had just 12 matches under her belt before the fortnight) has made the difference. Halep produced eight winners before a single unforced error, avoiding a miscue until the seventh game.