Simona Halep dealt Serena Williams her heaviest defeat in 16 years as she claimed the biggest win of her career at the WTA Finals in Singapore

Halep crushes Serena in Singapore



Originally published on 22/10/14

Halep had never beaten a player in the top three in eight attempts and in two previous matches against Williams had won just seven games, but she crushed the world No.1 6-0 6-2 in just 65 minutes.

The last time Williams managed to win just two games was in 1998, when aged 16 she lost 6-1 6-1 to Joanette Kruger in Oklahoma City. The defeat also snapped a 16-match winning streak at the year-end championships, where Williams is a four-time champion.

"Embarrassing describes the way I played today," admitted Williams, who made 36 unforced errors including seven double faults. “My forehand was off today again. I guess it went on an early vacation. Lord knows my serve was as well. My serve, I don’t even know. My serve was at best in the 10 and under division in juniors.”

Halep, who was ranked No.47 at the start of 2013, is now 2-0 after beating Eugenie Bouchard in her opening match and is on the verge of qualifying for the semi-finals. 

“I have no words to explain how I feel and how I felt on court,” admitted Halep. “It was an amazing match for me. I played really well. I was aggressive and after the first set I wasn’t scared. Everything went well for me today. I think it was the best  match of my life.”

Williams, who beat Ana Ivanovic in her opening match, still has a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. The two-time defending champion will face Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday, whose semi-final hopes all but faded after a 6-1 6-3 defeat to Ivanovic.

"This is the beauty of the round-robin system that I still had a chance," said Ivanovic, who will need to beat Halep on Friday for a chance to progress to the semi-finals.


2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

Red Group

Seed Red Group SW SH EB AI Record Set
1 Serena Williams L   W 1-1 2-2 14-20
4 Simona Halep W W   2-0 4-0 24-7
5 Eugenie Bouchard   L L 0-2 0-4 9-24
7 Ana Ivanovic L   W 1-1 2-2 20-16



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