"It hurt me": Simona Halep reveals her Wimbledon glory was inspired by the failed defense of the French open crown
- Simona Halep impressed when she beat Serena Williams on Saturday afternoon
- She managed to just win the win and Romanian called it the best match in her life
- Halep left French open at quarter-finals after winning the last year
- And she admitted that her exit was the inspiration for the Wimbledon victory
Simona Halep revealed how a painful loss at the French Open put her on the road to Wimbledon honor.
The 27-year-old produced one of the great final achievements at the All England Club, who committed just three undisturbed mistakes in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Serena Williams, which she described as the best match in her life.
Halep is her most comfortable on clay and won her first Grand Slam title last summer in her third French Open final, but her defense of that crown ended with a 6-2, 6-4 loss for 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova in quarterfinals.
Simona Halep poses at Wimbledon on Sunday with the Ladies Singles Championship
"The biggest fit is the way I played," Halep said. "In the French opening, in the quarterfinals, I played very badly. I was disappointed and I was not aggressive in that fight.
"Then I started working in this direction, I've been more aggressive and I didn't fall back at all. It hurt me that loss. I was motivated right away to be better here.
In addition to her current coach, other Romanian Daniel Dobre, Halep also used her interview on the spot to thank her mentor, Darren Cahill.
The Australian was Halep's full-time coach until he announced at the end of last season that he was taking a break to spend more time with his family, but he is still a very important figure in her life.
Halep credits an on-court coaching visit from Cahill at the Miami Open in 2017 to put her on the right track.
Cahill was so unhappy with Halep's negative attitude that he stopped working with her for two months. They were reunited in front of that year's French opening, where she continued to reach her second slam final.
She admitted a loss to Amanda Anisimova had inspired her to victory at Wimbledon
"He taught me how to control my feelings, how to be a better person in court," Halep said.
"He afforded me the opportunity to trust myself as a player in court and be able to meet and beat everyone. If you hear some things like this from someone you trust and are the best coach in the world, Then you are more secure and you can continue to make them happen.
"He is a very special person and because of him I could also win here. We started working on this change. As I told him, I needed time to sink in and feel it.
Halep's most beloved prize didn't seem to be the trophy, but the purple badge meant she's now a member of the All England Club and can return to a visit when she likes it.
There are no grass pitches in Romania where the French open is the most popular mud, but Halep's mother Tania told her when she was a kid that the final she needed to reach was Wimbledon.
Halep was in good shape at the All England Club and beat Serena Williams in even sets
"She has no idea about tennis, so definitely not the way to play or things," Halep said as she asked why SW19 had been so important to her mother.
"Perhaps the fact that you are playing in front of the Royal Box, the royal family made her feel special. That is why she told me that it would be the most amazing and beautiful thing to play in a finale. Now I've done it more specifically. & # 39;
The Duchess of Cambridge, whom Halep had identified as the person she most wanted to be in the Royal Box on Saturday, and Williams' close friend, the Duchess of Sussex, were among the spectators wowed by it. new master's performance.
But it's not just the royal presence that makes Halep so enchanted with its new club.
"All flowers – I love flowers," she said. & # 39; The colors, the people, they are very dressed. Elegance wherever you go. Courts, the rules you must be white when playing. The master's balcony, it's pretty amazing.
& # 39; Everything makes this tournament very special. I never thought I could win on grass. So then I did, it makes it big. & # 39;
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