WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — There are, of course, many reasons why Serena Williams has been as successful as she’s been, for as long as she’s been.
The serve. The returns. The groundstrokes. The court coverage. And more.
A little insight into one aspect of the way she approaches matches arrived via her answer to a question looking ahead to Saturday’s Wimbledon final against No. 7-seeded Simona Halep.
Williams, who can collect her eighth title at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam singles trophy overall, was asked why she’s been able to accumulate a 9-1 head-to-head mark against the Romanian.
“The biggest key with our matches is the loss that I had. I never forgot it. She played unbelievable,” Williams said. “That makes me know that level she played at — she can get there again. So I have to be better than that.”
Doesn’t matter, apparently, that the result came all the way back in 2014, in a relatively inconsequential round-robin meeting at the season-ending championships. Or that Williams soundly beat Halep later at that same tournament. Or that Williams won their only matchup this season, at the Australian…