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Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

Simona Halep torpedoed Serena Williams's latest bid to capture a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam on Saturday when she stormed to a sensational victory in a 56-minute Wimbledon final.

Simona Halep produced a dominant performance to defeat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the Wimbledon ladies' singles Final and claim her second career Slam title.

However, for those who want to be picky, if Williams wins Wimbledon today for an 8th time it will take her level on 24 Grand Slam titles with Margaret Court, the Australian player who won all hers in the 60s and early 70s.

More on this as it develops.

Before anyone on Centre Court could fathom what was unfolding before them, Halep was ruthlessly serving for the championship.

"I just needed some matches and every match I know I keep improving".

Williams had the clear edge in power and experience; Halep, in foot speed and defense.

It's just the second Grand Slam title for Halep, who won the French Open in 2018.

Simona Halep says controlling her nerves and forgetting about who she was playing enabled her to play the match of her life and win Wimbledon.

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"I never played a better match", said Halep.

The American superstar lost just three games to her 33-year-old semi-final opponent Barbora Strycova in easing to a 6-1, 6-2 victory in less than an hour on Thursday. She didn't merely play defense, though, managing to go from retrieving an apparent point-ending stroke by Williams to lashing a victor of her own in a blink. I have worked a lot to change a little bit my game to play on grass.

But Halep breezed away with her first chance as Williams netted her to give Romania their first Wimbledon champion.

One of the big questions was always going to be how heavily history would weigh on Williams' shoulders, and she looked like she had lead in her right arm and her feet.

"I just have to figure out a way to win a final", Williams said. Her ability to track and return shots - often in ways that posed awkward questions for Williams - were a major component in her win.

In a delightful interview on the court, Halep said "never" when asked if she had ever played a better match than that.

"It's good, especially after my year", she was quoted as saying by the BBC after the semifinal. She's very kind, very nice.

"Things I do different now than when I first was on tour, it's lengthening my career". "It's fantastic. It's not a surprise she won because mentally she was ready for this win and it's now time for all of Romania to celebrate", Comaneci told Reuters in a telephone interview moments after a beaming Halep walked off Center Court clutching the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Halep knew there would be a backlash and Williams raised the decibel level at the start of the second set, bent double, fists clenched and bellowing after a volleyed victor.


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