Simona Halep has beaten Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title

Serena Williams misses chance to tie Margaret Court's record with loss to Simona Halep at Wimbledon

Simona Halep of Romania won her first Wimbledon title in decisive fashion on Saturday, sweeping aside Serena Williams in straight sets (6-2, 6-2).

Williams was playing in her third Grand Slam final and for her first major win since returning to the court after giving birth to her daughter in September 2017. The greatest example: Halep recorded the critical go-ahead break in the fifth game of the second set when, after chasing down a few heavy Williams blasts, she hooked a desperation crosscourt shot that left Williams with an easy backhand down-the-line putaway.

King had said that running a business, looking after a child and battling for equality for women and ethnic minorities, could largely all be dealt with by her staff while she focused on tennis for a couple of years. It was over when Williams hit the ball into the net after a short rally.

"The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I'm in my grave", said the 37-year-old in response to the question.

Serena Williams has no plans to give up fighting for equality any time soon. We talked after the match just a little bit, not tennis.

Then, on Saturday, she stepped on to Wimbledon's Centre Court and obliterated the great Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in 56 minutes to win the final. With a 9-1 career record over Halep, including three matches at majors, it seemed like everything was in place for Williams to make history, and redeem her lopsided loss against Angelique Kerber during the 2018 campaign and earn her eighth Wimbledon title in the process.

Despite the loss, Williams - who got emotional - remained positive, telling the crowd at the time, "It was such an incredible tournament for me". Williams had noted earlier that she has not played played her best recently saying, "I don't know if I've had my best serves this tournament". Also, I really believe that there is a chance if I listen to him. "I will come for sure", she laughed. "I'm literally just getting started".

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In 2013, Simona won her first six World Tennis Association titles. "I thank him. He is very nice", a smiling Halep told a news conference.

"I definitely wasn't asleep".

"Ever since I was a little girl, I've felt a need to voice my opinion and be heard".

"I read what he said. It didn't bother me at all". But Margaret Court, who won 13 of her Grand Slam singles titles in the amateur era, has 24 overall.

"Now, you know, in my 20s - I'm always expected to win, but it's a different circumstance for me", she said.

Forty-three years later, on another glorious summer's day, Halep could not stop smiling as she kept caressing the purple All England Club membership badge that had been pinned on to her grey hooded top. I've been on the softer surfaces, so to say.

However, if anyone thought that such a humbling defeat might prompt thoughts of retirement Williams had a message for them.

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