Simona Halep is guaranteed to be the new World No.4 in next week’s rankings regardless of the final result, returning to the Top 5 five weeks after falling out of it for the first time since May 2017. Serena Williams is guaranteed to rise to her highest post-maternity leave ranking: she will be World No.9 with a loss and World No.8 with a win.
Serena Williams is bidding to become the second straight No.11 seed (who is actually ranked World No.10) to win Wimbledon following Angelique Kerber’s 2018 victory.
Simona Halep will be the 17th different Grand Slam final opponent Serena Williams has faced in her career. Of those, Williams has a losing record against three (0-1 to Samantha Stosur and Naomi Osaka, 1-2 to Angelique Kerber), a tied record of 1-1 against Garbiñe Muguruza and a winning record over the remaining 12 (7-2 over Venus Williams, 3-1 over Maria Sharapova, 2-0 over Victoria Azarenka and 1-0 over Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, Justine Henin, Vera Zvonareva, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Lucie Safarova).
A win for Serena Williams would be the fifth occasion on which the former World No.1 has won a Grand Slam after losing the previous year’s final, following the 2002 and 2012 US Opens, Wimbledon 2009 and the 2017 Australian Open. In the Open Era, only 10 other players have pulled this feat off, with Chris Evert having done it the most times with six and Williams currently tied on four with Stefanie Graf. The other beaten finalists who lifted the trophy the following year are Martina Navratilova (who did this three times), Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Jana Novotna, Justine Henin, Ana Ivanovic, Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep.
Simona Halep’s overall record in finals is 18-17, though she has lost her last three – Cincinnati 2018 to Kiki Bertens, Doha 2019 to Elise Mertens and Madrid 2019 to Bertens again. Serena Williams’s overall record is 72-22, and she has lost her last two – Wimbledon 2018 to Angelique Kerber and the 2018 US Open to Naomi Osaka.