SIMONA Halep has won her first ever Wimbledon title, and she’s had to overcome a number of obstacles on the way.
Halep faced Serena Williams in the ladies’ final of Wimbledon today, and was the underdog going into the game.
The Romanian has had a fantastic tournament so far, dropping only one set en route to the final, and she continued this into the game with Serena.
Simona stopped Serena breaking a Wimbledon record, winning the match in straight sets
But it has not been plain sailing in the rest of Simona’s career.
Former world number one Halep has opened up about how she was forced to breast reduction surgery to improve her game.
“I was so much lighter and all my back problems were gone”
Halep said her heavy breasts negatively affected her game and were giving her back problems so she saw surgery as the only way she could become the best.
So she had her breasts reduced from a 34DD size to 34C.
And it appears to have worked, with Halep on course to win her first Wimbledon title.
Simona, 27, revealed her family were also scared when they learned of her surgery plans.
She said: “My family was scared. I was not scared because I knew I have to do this for tennis.
“My dream was just to be the best. So I was laughing when I went to the doctor.
“Afterwards I was so much lighter and all my back problems were gone.
“So it was the best decision. I was dedicated 100% and did everything for tennis.”
Last year proved to be a breakout year for Halep, with her finally lifting a grand slam at the French Open.
But she originally faced a backlash when she revealed her surgery plans.
Fans even petitioned her in an attempt to change her mind 10 years ago.
However, Simona told them she would gave gone ahead with surgery even if she wasn’t a tennis player.
She said at the time: “It’s the weight that troubles me. My ability to react quickly, my breasts make me uncomfortable when I play.
“I don’t like them in my everyday life, either. I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn’t been a sportswoman.”