Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon title

Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in a Women's semifinal singles match on day ten of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday

Halep, ten years younger than Williams, was seeded seventh in the Ladies' draw at the All England Club.

Serena Williams admitted she was caught off-guard by the brilliance of Simona Halep as the Romanian blew her away in straight sets to win her first ever Wimbledon title.

Williams, who was aiming to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 major wins, faltered through errors to concede a two-break 4-0 deficit, allowing Halep to serve out the first set in 26 minutes.

It is the 27-year-old former world number one's second Grand Slam title after her 2018 French Open success. But more than anything, the fact that she is playing without any pain in the injured knee that has hampered her for much of the season and kept her extremely low on match play (she had just 12 matches under her belt before the fortnight) has made the difference. "I just needed some matches". "I would also advise Simona - though I know this is going to be a tall order - to play down the line rather than going crosscourt".

Williams has dropped just two sets so far in the tournament, one of which came in the quarterfinal against Alison Riske. Flushing Meadows was also the scene of her infamous meltdown in the final against Naomi Osaka previous year, which left her unwilling to play for rest of the season and, as she admitted this week, needing therapy. She holds the record for the most Grand Slams in the Open Era. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?" She spoke after her semifinal victory about trying to remain calm on court, and that she did, even in the face of a player who was at her very best. It's not just me, it's Roger [Federer], Tom Brady, Peyton [Manning] played forever. Also, playing on the Centre Court or reaching the finals of Wimbledon are considered to be an ultimate achievement in a tennis player's career, but tennis world demands something more than that, and its always a privilege etch your name on Wimbledon's victor board. Up until this year, the Romanian's best result in south west London came in 2014 when she reached the semifinals.


"It is one of the best moments of my life", she told the BBC.

"Instead of having nothing to lose, I feel like I have things to lose, but I also have nothing to lose". I just kind of let it go this morning.

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Now her daughter, Olympia, is almost 2; Williams held her in an arm while cooling down on a stationary bike at the All England Club this week.

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