Re: Whose peak was more impressive in the last two Wimbledon finals?
Halep by far. You almost got the sense mid-match that Serena didn't want to play Simona anymore.
She knew that even if she absolutely thumped the ball, landing several huge blows consecutively, Simona could handle it. She knew that if she approached the net, Simona would pass her. She knew that if she hit a good serve, Simona would be able to return it well enough to at least reset the point. She sure as hell knew that if the point went beyond 5 or 6 strikes, she would be quickly outmaneuvered and left gasping for air. All that was left for her to do was overcook winner attempts and dump easy balls into the net.
I don't think anyone expected Simona to play this well, and that kind of tennis is a horrible match-up for a 37 year old Serena.
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