Simona Halep thrashes Serena Williams in Wimbledon final

Simona Halep thrashes Serena Williams in Wimbledon final

Simona Halep thrashes Serena Williams in Wimbledon final

In a one-sided affair, the 27-year-old denied Williams from capturing her first maiden Grand Slam Singles title since becoming a mother.

Williams, who had her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex cheering her on from the Royal Box, said she did not know if as age advances she is getting more tense about winning another Grand Slam.

"She literally played out of her mind", said Williams.

Last year, Williams lost the Ladies' singles championship at Wimbledon to German player Angelique Kerber.

Halep began the week halting American 15-year-old Coco Gauff's dream run and will end it at the Champions Ball after dismantling seven-times victor Williams 6-2 6-2 with an inspired display on Centre Court.

Halep's dream start continued, unfazed she broke unsettled Williams with sharp shots of precision, to build a three-game cushion within eight minutes.

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

And, it was a knee injury that forced her to give up in the finals of the Indian Wells Masters tournament, handing the victory over to Serena Williams.

One of the big questions was always going to be how heavily history would weigh on Williams' shoulders, and she looked like she had lead in her right arm and her feet.

"I wake up every morning and I get to be fit, play in front of crowds". By 2011, she was able to qualify for each Grand Slam tournament.

"When a player plays like that, you just have to take your hat off", she said.

Playing for her 24th Grand Slam title, Williams lost to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final Saturday, 6-2, 6-2. "I definitely wasn't asleep".

Her coach said he will have to come up with something inspirational to say to her before this one.

Displaying no outward signs of anxiety or tension in her first Wimbledon final, Halep played lights out from the get-go, stunning Williams with a baseline barrage to charge ahead 4-0 inside 12 minutes. "So today it's real and I'm really happy".

But her last major win was at the Australian Open in 2017, when she was pregnant with her daughter Olympia. Halep has been doing that for her entire career, which is how she has been able to play three finals on the most rally-friendly surface of them all. The 37-year-old dismantled Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in the semifinal to set up a final against Romania's Simona Halep.

"It's really not about 24, 23 or 25, it's really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what".

"At the beginning of the tournament, I told the people at the locker room, it would be unbelievable because, if I win, I will get membership for life", she said.

"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life". "I've just got to keep fighting, keep trying", she said.

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