Simona Halep stunned Serena Williams in straight sets to clinch her maiden Wimbledon title as Williams' bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title was extinguished in clinical fashion on Centre Court.
The 27-year-old player from Romania dominated and covered the entire court brilliantly to win her second Grand Slam title, following her 2018 French Open win.
Williams is seeking her first Grand Slam singles title since 2017, when she was pregnant with her daughter and won the Australian Open.
While fans were watching to see if Serena Williams, 37, would Wimbledon for the eighth time on July 13, Simona Halep impressed instead, winning her first title at the popular championship in London.
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One of the keys to Halep's success in general is her ability to go down the line off either forehand or backhand wing.
The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex had front row seats in the Royal Box, the latter desperately hoping to see her close friend Williams have her moment.
"I was over-hitting it, trying to go for too much", Williams said.
Preying on the leaden-footed American, Halep ripped through Williams' defences with a devastating blend of mobility and precision.
The agency also quotes Williams, who commented on Halep's game: "She played out of her mind..."
"My mom said when I was 10 that if I want to do something in tennis I have to play in the final at Wimbledon", said Halep. Playing almost error-free tennis, Halep claimed the opening set, 6-2, in 26 minutes.
Perhaps the best way to work out the difference in levels between the two players is by looking at Williams" "Filmography' section of her Wikipedia page.
"I was a little bit of a deer in the headlights".
But Halep breezed away with her first chance as Williams netted her to give Romania their first Wimbledon champion.
Williams conceded she had not been at the races against a superior opponent. I started to feel safe on court, which helped me a lot to believe. "I'm always expected to win, but it's a different circumstance for me", Williams said. I think the Wimbledon trophy, we'll be ditching the Logie. In part because of a bad left knee, she only had played 12 matches all season until Wimbledon.
The final clash between Serena Williams vs Simona Halep will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2019.
"That's kind of how I've been in my whole career. I thank him. He is very nice", a smiling Halep told a news conference. I can play everywhere, against anyone.