Simona Halep played the match of her life to defeat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon Women’s Final. Right from the first minute, you could sense that Simona was “on” and Serena was not.
I broke down the final on the Wimbledon Channel right after the match. That video is below. Here are four focus points from Simona’s magnificent final.
1: Who Cares If You Hit More Winners?
- Serena = 17 winners
- Simona = 13 winners
I see this dynamic play out again and again. This is not the primary battle in a match, even though almost all players walk onto the court with the goal of hitting more winners than their opponent. Don’t be that person. Serena hit four more winners for the match, but this statistical category had no impact on the final outcome. Don’t be obsessed with winners.
2: Don’t Beat Yourself
- Serena = 26 Unforced Errors
- Simona = 3 Unforced Errors
I know what you are thinking… that there should be a 1 or a 2 in front of that “3” total for Simona’s Unforced Errors. Nope. Serena sprayed 26 unforced errors and Simona committed just three. As you probably know by now, I am not a fan of this stat as it is so subjective but these numbers tell a remarkable story. Serena was nowhere near her normal level, and Simona was above hers.
3: Go To The Strings
When you see players go to their strings, they generally don’t care if the strings are straight or not. They are looking at the strings to bring their eyes into a position of focus so that they can best concentrate and strategize in the match. Going to the strings is covered in the Brain Game Tennis mental & emotional course, Between The Points.
Look at the pic of Simona below. This is from the second point of the match after just ripping a cross-court passing shot winner. Simona is definitely dialed in right from the start!
4: Simona’s Fist Pump
Simona Halep can get too negative at times. She can beat herself much more than opponents tend to defeat her. Not in the 2019 Wimbledon final. Simona’s body language was 10/10. She was so positive and she outwardly showed everyone on Centre Court that her mental and emotional game was going to help guide her to the finish line instead of helping her wander away from it.
Wimbledon Channel Video
Please click on the Wimbledon Channel video below for my breakdown of the final.