Simona Halep is to be awarded Romania’s highest honour after her superb victory over Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final. The 27-year-old played like a woman possessed to thrash the American on Saturday afternoon and lift the Wimbledon trophy for the first time in her career.
It was the culmination of a lot of hard work on grass, with the former world number one admitting in previous years that the surface was not her favourite. The popular star will now be given the Steaua Romaniei – the highest distinction of Romania.
A statement from the office of President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis read: “As a result of the extraordinary performance at the Wimbledon tennis tournament and as a sign of recognition and appreciation for the whole activity, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, has decided to award the highest award of the Romanian State, the National Order Steaua Romaniei in the Rank of the Knight, to the tennis player Simona Halep.
“Through her dedication, devotion and professionalism confirmed both on the tennis court and out of the court, Simona Halep has promoted our country’s name all over the world.”