BREAKING: Halep Stops Serena Williams From Wimbledon Title
Former World No.1 Simona Halep served up her second major title at the Wimbledon Championships, shocking 23-time major champion Serena Williams in straight sets.
Former World No.1 Simona Halep scored her second Grand Slam title at the All England Club on Saturday, stunning 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-2 to win Wimbledon.
The 2018 French Open champion was playing her first final at SW19, while Williams was aiming for an all-time record-tying 24th major title and eighth at Wimbledon, but it was the No.7 seed who secured victory after just 55 minutes on Centre Court.
Halep had beaten Williams just once in 10 previous encounters – and the American avenged that 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global round robin loss in the final – but all three of their Grand Slam clashes had gone the distance, including a three-set thriller at this year’s Australian Open.
The first set saw the former World No.1 play some of her best tennis of the tournament as she raced out to a 4-0 lead behind some sparkling defensive play.
Williams soon got her footing as she cranked in some powerful first serves, but Halep was undeterred, serving out the second on her second opportunity.
Williams began the second set keen to pump herself up, getting on the board early and opening up a 30-30 opportunity on her rival’s serve.
Playing her first major final since capturing the Roland Garros crown last spring, Halep remained focused and kept in front, winning the final four games of the match to ease over the finish line. [WTA]
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