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Halep crushes Serena Williams to win Wimbledon women's singles title

Halep crushes Serena Williams to win Wimbledon women's singles title

Romania's Simona Halep defeated American Serena Williams in the women's finals at Wimbledon on July 13, thwarting Williams' bid to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.

The win marked Halep's second major singles title - she previously won the the French Open in 2018. Halep, trying to become the first Romanian to win at the All England Club, had lost just one set coming into the final (in the second round to Mihaela Buzărnescu) and was putting on her best grass showing since a 2014 semifinal appearance.

But the overall reaction was positive, with many congratulating Halep on her first Wimbledon triumph.

Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, even shook his head in the stands when Halep went 3-0 up with a sublime return into the forehand corner.

Simona Halep of Romania pose for a photo with her trophy after winning the Ladies' Singles final against Serena Williams of The United States during Day twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2019 in London, England. It's something special and I'll never forget this day.

"It was an honour to play in front of her".

"I've got to keep trying, keep fighting and enjoying the sport", she said. "My stomach was not well before the match, but I came on court and gave my best".

'I lived it with [Boris] Becker, lived it with [Goran] Ivanisevic and lived it again today, ' Tiriac had been saying before he was interrupted.

Even when she was serving for the match Halep was calmness personified. I never thought that I would be able to win on grass, with all these players that are very tall and serving with a lot of power. 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. Sometimes she doesn't move well, but she did today.' Nobody could argue with her speed after the phenomenal display that took down Serena Williams.

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And Williams asserted that she was happy for her then-opponent, Kerber.

"She literally played out of her mind", Williams said of Halep after the match.

"When I was about 10, 12, she said that if I want to do something in tennis".

That's despite the 37-year-old chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

"She didn't say anything because she was crying", smiled Halep.

Williams hasn't won a major title since beating her sister, Venus, at the 2017 Australian Open.

"I didn't think at all against who I play". You can get too nervous.

But just because Williams has dominated the rivalry doesn't mean she'll cruise to another Wimbledon crown Saturday.

Simona Halep is the 2019 Wimbledon ladies champion!


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