VIDEO SHOWS: SIMONA HALEP RETURNING TO ROMANIA WITH THE WIMBLEDON SINGLES TROPHY, SOUNDBITES FROM HALEP SHOWS: BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (JULY 15, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
WIMBLEDON SINGLES WINNER SIMONA HALEP WALKING TOWARDS AIRPORT BUILDING WITH TROPHY 2.
ROMANIAN FLAGS 3.
SIGN READING WE THANK YOU SIMONA!
IN ROMANIAN 4.
HALEP POSING FOR PICTURES WITH WIMBLEDON TROPHY 5.
(SOUNDBITE) (Romanian) SIMONA HALEP, SAYING: "My mind was clear, I knew very well what I had to do.
I took my chance and played the best I could and that's why I managed to win." 6.
BANNER READING CONGRATULATIONS SIMONS IN ROMANIAN 7.
(SOUNDBITE) (Romanian) SIMONA HALEP, SAYING: "I consider that the match was perfect, the day was perfect and I didn't think even once about the score, or what was happening around me.
I just wanted to do my best and to believe that I had a chance to win." 8.
POSTER READING: QUEEN OF THE GRASS, QUEEN OF OUR HEARTS!
STORY: Romania's presidency and the Orthodox Church awarded Wimbledon tennis champion Simona Halep their highest distinctions on Monday (July 15) as she returned home clutching the trophy Halep blitzed U.S. opponent Serena Williams in straight sets on Saturday (July 13) becoming the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title It was Halep's second Grand Slam title following her triumph at Roland Garros in Paris last year.
The presidency awarded her the Star of Romania while the church gave her the Patriarchal Cross.
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