On Saturday, Serena Williams’ Wimbledon fairytale came to and end when she lost in straight sets to Simona Halep 6-2, 6-2.
Williams was looking for an eighth Wimbledon crown and a 24th career Grand Slam singles title, which would tie Margaret Court’s all-time record. But the seventh seed Romanian was just too tough to beat, covering the court like a pro and hitting all the angles.
After the match, Serena gave her opponent props.
“She literally played out of her mind…it was a little bit of deer in the headlights for me. But when a player plays like that you had to tip your hat to her,” the 37-year-old said.
Williams also said she has no intentions of quitting the game she loves so much. (Thank you Lord!) Because we are committed to seeing our idol tie and break that record.
Clearly, we are not alone here.
Win or lose, Serena is still the greatest of all time. And nothing can change that, just ask her fans:
Serena Williams has won the most grand slams, multiply Olympic gold medals, she's dominated her sports, she won titles while pregnant, still appearing in grand slam finals at 37, top of her sports for over two decades.— E (@iamOkon) July 13, 2019
The GOAT. Serena Jameka Williams. Our hero! pic.twitter.com/BhLk42sDrc
Serena Williams, gracious in defeat, and still a 7-time Wimbledon champion. 🎾 🎾 🎾 🎾 🎾 🎾 🎾pic.twitter.com/k77a8ye5eF— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 13, 2019
Me trying to explain to my friends after Halep Simona won Serena Williams— Made in Benin (@Sobsoil) July 13, 2019
@serenawilliams— Imara Deng (@DengImara) July 13, 2019
When the dust settles and the hurt is bearable, remember we still think of you as Serena the GOAT.
No shade @Simona_Halep but clearly she did not get @serenawilliams’ best effort nor did she get #MySerena at top game shape mentally and physically. And #Serena so gracious in defeat for compliment on #Halep’s play. #Wimbledon— MemphisKim🦉🎩🖋🦅 (@KimKimbrough) July 13, 2019
Damn Serena still has 23 Grand Slam titles! pic.twitter.com/xUHEDzXHh4— The Blacks!✊🏿🤸🏾♂️💅🏾 (@gusfw) July 13, 2019
Everyone is talking about Roger Federa being the GOAT, he’s great yes but my vote goes to Serena Williams. She’s also 37, won numerous titles including one while pregnant! Beat that!— Soni Panday🌺🇹🇹 (@soni_panday) July 13, 2019
Me to Serena, "Repeat after me. Serena Williams is still the GOAT. Serena Williams is still the GOAT."— Milas (@Due2Grace) July 13, 2019
Regroup Queen, take Olympia to see Lion King this Friday, and then "Remember who you are..."#renasarmy #Wimbledon