Wimbledon: Haelp beats Serena Williams for 2nd Grand Slam title

Serena Williams reacting during a tennis match

She had won her first Wimbledon title, and second Grand Slam, with an astonishing 6-2, 6-2 rout over Williams, often considered the greatest of all time, in under an hour.

Simona Halep celebrates her first Wimbledon title after defeating Serena Williams in straight sets on Saturday.

Halep, who had won her first Grand Slam at the French Open past year, absolutely dominated proceedings from the outset as she won 83 per cent of the points on her first serve (against Serena's 59).

The 27-year-old set the tone by breaking the Williams serve in the opening game and raced into a 4-0 lead in front of 15,000 incredulous fans.

Williams had faced only one top-30 player coming into the final - Germany's Julia Goerges in the third round - hence when she came up against former world number one Halep, she found herself ambushed with no way out.

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"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life", said Halep, who made just three unforced errors in the one-sided contest. She defeated Giulia Gatto-Monticone in two sets in the first round but had to play to 7 games in the second set to do it. "Whenever a player plays like that you just have to take your hat off".

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"Well I had nerves, my stomach wasn't well before". I was really hoping to get this far.

After winning the title, a jubilant Halep said: "It was the best match and of course Serena always inspired us so thank you for that".

"But Wimbledon, I think it's very special for every country". Even after winning long rally points - and she won nearly all of them - she never did anything more than clench a fist and raise it near her face in her trademark fashion.

"She literally played out of her mind", a gracious Williams said immediately after receiving the runner-up trophy, her fourth at the All England Club. But I knew there was no time for emotions. "You just have to understand that that was their day today", said Williams, who won the last of her 23 majors while already pregnant with her daughter Olympia at the 2017 Australian Open. You can get nervous, too nervous.

"If she's happy doing it this way, it's fine", King said.

Since winning the first of her slams at the 1999 U.S. Open, Williams has lost only nine finals at the tournaments that make up the Big Four in tennis.

The 2019 Ladies' Final is scheduled to begin today (Saturday, July 13) at 9 a.m. ET and will air on ESPN. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?"

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