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Simona Halep blitzes Serena Williams to win Wimbledon title

14 July 2019

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

Serena Williams remained tantalisingly one short of a record-equalling 24 Grand Slam singles titles as Simona Halep thrashed the off-key American in a one-sided Wimbledon final on Saturday.

The 27-year-old former world number one won 6-2 6-2 against Serena Williams in front of a packed-out Centre Court this afternoon [July 13].

Mid-Wimbledon, King spoke to BBC about Williams' quest to break Margaret Court's all-time grand slam record. (You can check out their head-to-head stats on Tennis.com.) But don't count Halep out yet.

Time and again, Williams went for broke on her shots, eager to end the rally, only to watch in near disbelief as Halep chased down a ball that would have been a victor against many other opponents.

Then there was the brouhaha around the Duchess of Sussex watching her match on No 1 court and an exclusion zone set up around her in the members' area, to the chagrin of some.

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Williams will enter the U.S. Open searching for her first Grand Slam victory since the 2017 Australian Open.

Williams has won nine of her previous 10 meetings with Halep and their only previous clash on grass came at Wimbledon in 2011.

It took 56 minutes into the biggest match of Simona Halep's career for her legs to go finally wobbly. It wasn't like Halep unfurled a stream of winners.

"I feel like she's back".

King added that it's "not fair" to Williams to ask her to do that, but it's "just a wish I have" to see what Williams could do with tennis as her sole focus.

Williams had 26 unforced errors, compared to just three for Halep.

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King later tweeted to clarify her views, saying she supported the work Williams did to push for equality.

Now coached by fellow Romanian Daniel Dobre, Halep said winning tennis's greatest prize was a whole team effort.

Nadia Comaneci predicted "no one in Romania will be working for a few days" as they would be too busy celebrating Simona Halep's "amazing" victory over Serena Williams in Saturday's Wimbledon final.

Halep, the No. 7 seed, beat Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals to make it to Saturday's final.

But it was Halep who wowed the fans, haring across the turf to whip a superb backhand on her way to a second break which she sealed with a flashing backhand return victor. 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. Granted, Williams did not have a great day in any dimension, including returning.

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Simona Halep blitzes Serena Williams to win Wimbledon title