Halep inspired by Federer prior to Serena thrashing

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates her victory over Serena Williams of the US in the women's final of the Wimbledon Championships

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates her victory over Serena Williams of the US in the women's final of the Wimbledon ChampionshipsAAP

Defeat for 37-year-old Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion who won the last of her 23 Slam titles at the 2017 Australian Open, meant her attempt to equal Margaret Court's all-time record for major wins was put back on ice until at least the US Open.

Serena Williams has now lost in three Grand Slam finals since 2018 after her loss to Simona Halep at Wimbledon on Saturday, and the 23-time major victor may have a plan to solve her finals woes.

And one of them is British star Selby, a former world number one.

"The finals I lost in the past helped me to be different when I face this moment", she said.

"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life". He told me: "'Any time you want, you can come, have dinner, have lunch, playing a little bit tennis.' I will come for sure". She is also now the first Romanian to win a singles title at the All England Club.

"I never played a better match", said Halep.

Halep stormed past the legendary Serena Williams easily in the Women's Wimbledon final this afternoon.

While Comaneci had total faith that her friend would triumph on Saturday, others were not so sure considering Halep had won only one of her previous 10 meetings against Williams - and that nearly five years ago. "She is very kind and very nice".

The 75-year-old told the BBC earlier in the tournament that Williams should give up being a celebrity for a year: "Just stop all this insanity".

King spoke to the BBC mid-Wimbledon about wanting to see Williams focus more on her on-court prospects than trying to juggle everything else.

While Osaka was in tears over the furore when she received her maiden grand slam trophy, Williams doesn't regret the way she acted, saying it only strengthened her resolve to keep fighting for equality. Because if you listen to him, you get the good things.

"It was an honour to play in front of her".

"I have learned that it's a normal match". Once you win one you have the feeling you know how it is.

"If she's happy doing it this way, it's fine", King said.

"Yeah, I was motivated after I won the first one that there is another chance for one more".

"It's tough to describe the moment", she said after a 6-2, 6-2 victory in which she hit three unforced errors.

"I wanted this badly".

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 lived it with [Boris] Becker, lived it with [Goran] Ivanisevic and lived it again today, ' Tiriac had been saying before he was interrupted.

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