Halep emerges Wimbledon champion as Serena misses chance to equal all-time record

Simona Halep won her second Grand Slam title after emerging champion at Wimbledon by beating Serena Williams in the Women’s Singles final on Saturday.

For Serena, the defeat was yet another chance missed at winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

Halep finished off the American with a devastating 56-minute display, winning 6-2 6-2 in front of an incredulous Centre Court.

The Romanian becomes the first woman from her country to win the Wimbledon singles title.

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“It was my best match,” said the 27-year-old, who won the 2018 French Open.

“I knew that I have to be aggressive, be 100% for every ball, and that I don’t have to let her come back into the match because she’s so powerful and so strong.

“She knows how to manage every moment. So I knew that I have to stay there, which I did pretty well today.”

Defeat means Williams’ wait for a first Grand Slam title since becoming a mum continues.

“I definitely knew that she was just playing her heart out,” the American said.

“I felt like, OK, what do I need to do to get to that level?

“When someone plays lights out, there’s really not much you can do. You just have to understand that that was their day today.”

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