Comaneci hails history-maker Halep's Wimbledon triumph

The Duchess of Sussex arrives on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Wimbledon

The Duchess of Sussex arrives on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Wimbledon

Serena stayed in touch in the first four games of the second set before a awful 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.

"I would like to see her put everything else aside from that".

"She didn't say anything because she was crying", smiled Halep.

That much was abundantly evident on Saturday as she scorched the greatest female tennis player in the last 50 years and the most successful in terms of grand slam titles in the Open era.

When Halep returned to her homeland following her French Open triumph, more than 20,000 people turned up to hail their new hero at Bucharest's National Arena and Comaneci believes the Wimbledon triumph will once again allow Romanians from all corners to unite.

"She played out of her mind", said Williams. "It's fantastic. It's not a surprise she won because mentally she was ready for this win and it's now time for all of Romania to celebrate", Comaneci told Reuters in a telephone interview moments after a beaming Halep walked off Centre Court clutching the Venus Rosewater Dish.

She made her way to the climax of the 2018 U.S. Open but lost to Naomi Osaka in a match that's known more for Serena's clashes with the umpire than anything.

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"It was an honour to play in front of her". I don't know what she wants.

Williams was embroiled in huge storm when she accused chair umpire Carlos Ramos of being a "thief" for issuing her with code violations and claimed she was being punished because she was a woman. "It's never easy to face a Grand Slam final". It's shameful that our society penalises women just for being themselves.

"Ever since I was a little girl, I've felt a need to voice my opinion and be heard". Some may not like it, and to be honest, that's their prerogative. I respect it. Growing up as the youngest of five girls, I learned that I had to fight for everything I wanted. But she maintains being preoccupied with records isn't what's holding her back.

"Someone told me I shouldn't look at the records anymore". I should just focus on my game. "Maybe it is playing other finals outside of Grand Slams would be really helpful just to kind of get in the groove, so by the time I get to a Grand Slam final I'm kind of used to what to do and how to play".

"In the meantime, I got pregnant, had a baby, so. that definitely plays a little bit into it".

Williams, who has now lost three Grand Slam finals since returning to the Tour last March following the birth of daughter Olympia in September 2017, was short of ideas and the match ended after 56 minutes when she biffed a forehand into the net - her 26th unforced error.

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