A game that was honed on the sandy beaches of the Black Sea coast of Constanta will be on show for the world to savour in Saturday’s Wimbledon final as Simona Halep earned a chance to fulfil one of her mother’s cherished dreams.
So what if the opponent facing her is an American great in pursuit of a record 24th Grand Slam title? Who cares if the Romanian has won only one of her previous 10 meetings with Serena Williams?
As far as Halep was concerned, her 6-1 6-3 semifinal win over Elina Svitolina meant that her mother Tania will finally get to experience something she has been dreaming of for more than a decade.
“About 10, 15 years ago she said her dream is to (see me) play a final in Wimbledon because everyone is here, (including the royals and the celebrities who sit in) the Royal Box (on Centre Court),” said a beaming Halep.
“She said it would be an unbelievable moment.
“So today her dream came true as I will play a final. It’s a very special moment. To be able to play Wimbledon final, it’s pretty amazing. I will enjoy for sure.