Serena Williams‘ 9⃣ losses at Grand Slam singles finals:’01 🇺🇸 Venus Williams‘ last US Open🏆’04 🇬🇧 Maria Sharapova‘s 1⃣st Grand Slam🏆’08 🇬🇧 Venus Williams‘ last Wimbledon🏆’11 🇺🇸 Samantha Stosur‘s 1⃣st Grand Slam🏆’16 🇦🇺 Angelique Kerber‘s 1⃣st Grand Slam🏆’16 🇫🇷 Garbiñe Muguruza‘s 1⃣st Grand Slam🏆’18 🇬🇧 Angelique Kerber‘s 1⃣st Wimbledon🏆’18 🇺🇸 Naomi Osaka‘s 1⃣st Grand Slam🏆’19 🇬🇧 Simona Halep‘s 1⃣st Wimbledon🏆
Resume of ‘Post-Olympia'(her daughter’s birth) era for Serena Williams:2018 RG R4 withdrew due to injury w/o for Maria Sharapova2018 Wimbledon Final lost Angelique Kerber 36 36 2018 US Final lost Naomi Osaka 26 46 2019 AO QF lost Karolína Plíšková 46 64 57 missed 4 MPs2019 RG 3R lost Sofia Kenin 26 572019 Wimbledon Final lost Simona Halep 26 26
1⃣st time in women’s tennis history the champions of the first 3⃣Slams of the year played on 3⃣different surfaces (hard court,clay,grass) came from 3⃣different continents (Asia,Australia,Europe):Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ 🇯🇵, Ash Barty 🇦🇺, Simona Halep 🇷🇴
US – Rumania rivalry in Grand Slam singles finals until 2019 Wimbledon:2⃣-2⃣ 1972 Stan Smith beat Ilie Năstase at Wimbledon (Grass)1972 Ilie Năstase beat Arthur Ashe at US Open (Grass)1980 Chris Evert beat Virginia Ruzici at Roland Garros (Clay)2018 Simona Halep beat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros (Clay)2019 Serena Williams vs Simona Halep at Wimbledon (Grass) ?
In Open-era, this is the 1⃣st time in Wimbledon Women’s singles finalists’ first names start with the same letter (S)! Simona-Serena 1992 Australian Open: Monica Seles – Mary Joe Fernandez1997 Australian Open: Martina Hingis – Mary Pierce2018 Roland Garros: Simona Halep – Sloane Stephens1991 US Open: Monica Seles – Martina Navrátilová2011 US Open: Samantha Stosur – Serena Williams
Simona Halep is a history maker! She is the– 1⃣st Romanian woman in Wimbledon finals in singles,– 1⃣st Romanian woman in Australian Open finals in singles,– 1⃣st Romanian reached Grand Slam singles finals on 3⃣ different surfaces (clay,grass, hard court),– 1⃣st Romanian woman reached 5⃣ Grand Slam finals in singles,– 1⃣st Romanian woman reached No.1⃣ + year-end No.1⃣, and she spent the– most weeks on No.1⃣ as a Romanian player (male or female).
Jaw-dropping analogy between the 2⃣legends: Virginia Wade & Arthur Ashe. Both birthday on July 10, right-handed, Tennis Hall of Famers, played in 3⃣singles Grand Slam finals, won all (100%) in following order: US Open (1968), Australian Open, Wimbledon. Both names consist of 4 letters. Plus Arthur Ashe was born in the state of Virginia!
Kei Nishikori the 4th Japanese player to make multiple quarter-finals at the Wimbledon Championships, behind Kimiko Date (1995-96), Zenzo Shimizu (1920-21) and Jiro Sato (1931-33).
Milestones for bottom half of the Gentlemen’s singles draw:Sam Querrey :reaching 1⃣st QF as an unseeded player;Rafael Nadal :1⃣st time played vs a Portuguese player in a major;Kei Nishikori :career best sequence reaching at least QF in the last 5⃣majors;Roger Federer :reaching his 9⃣9⃣th win at Wimbledon.
Milestones for top half of the Gentlemen’s singles draw: Novak Djokovic :1⃣st time since ’15 reached QF at Wimbledon as No.1⃣seed;David Goffin : GS career best at Wimbledon (QF);Guido Pella : career best at major (QF);Roberto Bautista Agut : GS career best at Wimbledon (QF).