Serena Williams’ wait for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title has been shattered after Simona Halep stunned the off-key American 6-2 6-2 in a one-sided Wimbledon final match on Saturday.
An inspired Halep took full advantage of an error-strewn display by seven-times champion Williams to become the first Romanian to win the Wimbledon title.
The 27-year-old Halep broke serve in the opening game and raced into a 4-0 lead.
She remained rock solid throughout and Williams simply could not respond.
“It was my best match,” the 27-year-old said after her second Grand Slam title following her 2018 French Open success.
For 37-year-old Williams, it was a third major final defeat in 12 months.
“She played out of her mind, it was a little bit deer in the headlights for me,” she said.
There were signs that Williams was finding her range in the second set but Halep was undaunted and reeled off the last five games.
The contest ended after Williams buried a forehand into the net after 56 minutes.
It is the second year running that Williams arrived in the final seeking to match Margaret Court’s record 24 singles majors.
Last year she failed to get a set against Angelique Kerber.
She then went on to lose the U.S. Open final match.
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