Serena Williams Loses in Straight Sets to Serena Halep in Wimbledon Final

Flawless Halep shocks Serena to clinch title in under an hour

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.

The star, 27, won 6-2 6-2 to become the first ever Romanian to win a singles title at the All England Club.

Halep, who won last year's French Open title, had only three unforced errors to Williams' 25. Halep, flawless in the final, was all over the court, running down balls, finding openings and threading the needle with her shot making.

United States' Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Romania's Simona Halep during the women's singles final match on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 13, 2019.

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. You can get intimidated by the moment.

"Maybe playing other finals outside of Grand Slams would be helpful to get me in the groove".

"It's something very special and I will never forget this day because it was my mom's dream when I was about 10", Halep said. 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. But more than anything, the fact that she is playing without any pain in the injured knee that has hampered her for much of the season and kept her extremely low on match play (she had just 12 matches under her belt before the fortnight) has made the difference. He told me, "Any time you want, you can come, have dinner, have lunch, play a little bit of tennis". So today it's real.

"I would never ask anyone to stop fighting for equality", the American 75-year-old wrote.

Williams would place a hand on her hip.

Speaking after the match, Williams admitted that she was played off the court by her Romanian opponent. I had the chance to meet her after the match.

Her comments are in line with previous statements and show that no matter how tough the loss, she will always fight for women around the world.

Williams was responding to a question from a journalist who told her tennis legend Billie Jean King suggested the 23-time major victor should stop trying to be a "celebrity" and concentrate on winning matches.

"When someone plays lights-out, there's really not much you can do", Williams said of the loss. You can get too nervous.

At 2-2 Halep scooped up a ball she had no right to reach and Williams lurched forward to blaze a backhand long. Again, I just think Simona just played her heart out.

"The cycles of poverty, discrimination, and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles", she wrote.

"If anything, I could just learn to be like that".

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