Serena Williams Current Affairs - 2020

Simona Halep beats Serena for Maiden Wimbledon Title

Simona Halep of Romania beats Serena Williams of United States with 6-2, 6-2 in  final to win Women’s Singles Wimbledon Title 2019. She dispatched 7-time Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams in just 56 minutes to clinch her 1st Wimbledon and 2nd Major title.

Key Highlights

Simona Halep is now 1st Romanian to win singles crown at SW19 (the location i.e. South-West London 19 of Wimbledon tennis club). Earlier, mercurial Ilie Nastase was a two-time finalist in 1972 and 1976.

She dropped only one set throughout tournament to claim her 1st Wimbledon title.

One of the biggest motivations for Simona Halep to win Wimbledon was to get a life-time membership of coveted All England Club.

For Serena, it was a 3rd successive loss in Major final since her return from maternity. She is still one short of Margaret Court’s record of 24 Majors.

About Simona Halep

The 27 Year old is born on 27 September 1991 in Constanta, Romania.

Simona’s Grand Slam titles (2): French Open in 2018; Wimbledon in 2019

Won her 1st Grand Slam title after falling at final hurdle 3 times- Roland Garros (2014, 2017) and Australian Open (2018)

She became 1st Romanian to win Grand Slam crown since her manager Virginia Ruzici in Paris in 1978.

She claimed her 1st Grand Slam title at Roland Garros by defeating Sloane Stephens.

She made several changes to her coaching team and in 2019 her ranking dropped to 7th.

2018 US Open: Novak Djokovic wins men’s singles title

Former world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia won 2018 US Open title of tennis in men’s singles category by defeating Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro (world no 3).  It was Djokovic’s third US Open title and overall 14th Grand Slam title. With this win, he equalled Pete Sampras’ haul of 14 Grand Slams. Further, he became seventh man to win US Open singles title at least thrice in the Open Era.

2018 US Open Winners

Women’s singles title: It was won by Japan’s Naomi Osaka by defeating Serena Williams of US by score of 6-2, 6-4 in the finals.

Men’s Double title: It was won by US pair of Mike Bryan and Jack Sock. They defeated Łukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) by 6–3, 6–1 scrore.

Women’s Doubles title: It was won by Ashleigh Barty (Australia) and CoCo Vandeweghe (US). They defeated Tímea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) pair by 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(8–6).

Mixed Doubles title: It was won by Jamie Murray (UK) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US). They defeated Alicja Rosolska (Poland) and Nikola Mektić (Croatia) pair by 2–6, 6–3, [11–9] score.

2018 US Open

It was the 138th edition of tennis’ US Open held on outdoor hard courts at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. It was fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year. Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens were defending champions in the men’s and women’s singles events, but they were unsuccessful to defend their titles in this edition of tournament.