Even when she basking in the afterglow of victory and talking to the world’s press, she was happy to admit that it had all come as a bit of a surprise. When did she finally think she could win? “Today!” came the honest and cheery answer.
Her idol knew that she had a better chance than that and had said as much on the eve of the final. Roger Federer knew it would be a challenge but that Simona had the wherewithal to win, even if she was playing the great Serena.
“You have to have that winner mentality,” Federer said, “that I belong here, I've earned my way here, I've been playing great. You don't get to a Wimbledon finals playing average, you know. Some people might do that, but normally you're feeling the ball well. She needs to back herself and enjoy it also. But that comes after when you win.
“It's full-on concentration, not let the moment be too big. The good thing is she's won a slam before. She knows how to do it at this point. That's great.”
She did exactly what Fed told her to. And it worked.
“I read what he said,” she said. “I thank him. He is very nice. His words made me happy. Also I really believe that there is a chance if I listen to him. Because if you listen to him, you get the good things. So I did that.”