WILLIAMS 3-6 6-2 6-1 Serena closes it out, fittingly with a blistering serve which Halep had no response to, which was what made the difference in the second half of the match.
Simona Halep - Serena Williams
Wimbledon women - 23 June 2011
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WILLIAMS 3-6 6-2 5-1 Serena throws away three match points and somehow loses a game she was 40-0 up in. She took her eye off the ball quite considerably there, but it seems it will make little difference
WILLIAMS 3-6 6-2 5-0 Serena takes the fifth and possibly penultimate game to love. The power in her service game doesn't seemd to have waned throughout, whereas Halep's resistance certainly has.
WILLIAMS 3-6 6-2 4-0 - BREAK It's all coming to an end for Halep who is now looking a spent force.
WILLIAMS 3-6, 6-2, 3-0 Halep continues to battle away and is still not being brushed aside, but Serena is grinding out the games now with increasing regularity.
WILLIAMS 3-6 6-2 2-0 - BREAK Things not looking good for Halep now as Serena breaks at the first opportunity. Williams is looking less frustrated than in the second set and her experience is starting to shine through
WILLIAMS 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 It's going to be a constant catching up job for Halep in the final set it would seem as Serena starts it off with another dominant service game, the initial pace of the Romanian is waning, but the power of Serena remains
WILLIAMS 3-6 6-2 - SET Halep faught hard but she was swimming against the tide for almost all the second set and eventually Serena put her out of her misery, it's all to play for in the final set now though
WILLIAMS 3-6, 5-2 Serena now looking incredibly strong on her own serve, and Halep not threatening to break as she did in the first.
The only time Serena has gone to three sets in both of her first two matches in any Grand Slam was at Wimbledon back in 2005, when she went on to lose in the third round. Bad omens for Miss WIlliams?
WILLIAMS 3-6, 4-2 Halep is still in confident mood despite being up against it in this set as she manoeveres Serena around with some delicate drop shots, one of which eventually confirmed her second game of the set
WILLIAMS 3-6, 4-1 Halep coming back into this set within the games, but Serena just squeezes her out in that one to keep up her control of the second set
WILLIAMS 3-6 3-1 - Disappointing game for Serena which you can see on her face as she crashes another backhand into the net to lose it. She had been comfortably in control with two break points, but unforced errors crept in and the point slipped away
WILLIAMS 3-6 3-0 Another slip for Halep has her fans worried over the thigh injury that is clearly bothering her, she's fighting hard but it's a steep uphill struggle to come back in this set
WILLIAMS 3-6 2-0 - BREAK - A lengthy contest eventually sees Serena take advantage of her third break point. Halep with some courageous shot choices, but her final huge forehand was just not good enough, landing wide by half a foot
WILLIAMS 3-6 1-0 - Serena seems to have refocussed between sets and takes the first after the break to love. Her serve to the forehand of Halep is a killer for the Romanian and if she can continue to put it right on the line she'll have no problem on her own serve
WILLIAMS 3-6 - SET - Halep takes the first set and it looks like the injury isn't bothering her too much, as long as she stays focussed then she has proved she has the game to see this match out
WILLIAMS 2-5 - Halep will not be denied on her own serve and she is performing pretty faultlessly at this stage. Serena looks frustrasted and is spending a lot of time looking at her racket strings in wonder as her shots are just not coming off
WILLIAMS 2-4 Serena comes back strongly after three straight losses and wins the game to love on her own serve. She is certainly strugglin, but her class will still shine through, and when she finds her range on the serve it is still too much for Halep
WILLIAMS 1-3 - BREAK - It's an early break for Simona Halep who is looking to cause a huge upset here. Her incredible pace seems to be making the difference, but she is also showing experience beyond her young years in out-manoevering her much more experienced opponent
WILLIAMS 1-2 Halep looking confident on her own serve as Serena struggles to make telling returns on the backhand and makes it easy for the Romanian to take points in two shots
WILLIAMS 1-1 - Serena taken all the way in the second game as Halep showing that her great speed can combat the power of her opponent, but the strong serve eventually getting Williams through
WILLIAMS 0-1 - Serena looked to be in control of the game early on but two consecutive disappointing backhands, one into the net, one well wide put an end to her momentum and Halep eventually took the game after going to deuce