In the final of the last year's Wimbledon, the 7th seed Simona Halep defeated the seven-time champion Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in 56 minutes, earning her first trophy at the All England Club after a flawless performance.
Recalling the match, Chris Evert said that Simona played a perfect encounter against the 23-time Major winner, doing everything right on the court and leaving Serena far behind after mind-blowing ball striking, movement, anticipation, defense and offense.
The Romanian was the player to beat in those two weeks at the All England Club, losing one set in seven encounters and toppling the players like Victoria Azarenka, Cori Gauff and Elina Svitolina en route to the title clash against one of the legends of the tournament and one of the best players ever.
Chasing the elusive 24th Major title, Serena had to finish runner-up for the second year at Wimbledon, never finding the rhythm against the opponent who barely put a foot wrong throughout the clash, finishing with 13 winners and three unforced errors and dropping only 12 points on serve while experiencing one break point!
On the other hand, Serena counted to 17 winners but also 26 mistakes, unable to penetrate the rival and impose her shots as she did in the previous rounds, facing five break opportunities and getting broken four times to propel Simona towards the second Major title after Roland Garros 2018.
Serving at 76%, Halep delivered one good hold after another, mounting the pressure on Williams and outplaying her in every department with smart and measured tennis to lift the biggest trophy in a career so far. Serena sprayed a forehand error in the first game to give serve away, finding herself 2-0 down when Simona held at love in game two and allowing the Romanian to grab another break with a backhand down the line winner.
Simona saved a break chance in game six and closed the opener with a service winner at 5-2, taking a significant lead after just 26 minutes. Serena stayed in touch until 2-2 in set number two before a terrible backhand error in game five, sending the rival in front and propelling Halep 5-2 up after a backhand down the line winner from the Romanian in the seventh game.
Serving for the title, Simona held at love when Serena netted a forehand, celebrating the brightest moment of her career so far after a tough period in the previous 12 months due to injuries and lack of form, moving back inside the top-4 with those 2000 points.
"I've said it once and I'll repeat it... Simona Halep played a perfect match against Serena at Wimbledon 2019. Perfection in moving, ball striking, precision, consistency, defense, offense, and the list goes on," Chris Evert said.