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Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

Halep stormed past the legendary Serena Williams easily in the Women's Wimbledon final this afternoon. Halep's mum once told her that she if wanted to do something in tennis she had to play in a Wimbledon final. (You can check out their head-to-head stats on Tennis.com.) But don't count Halep out yet.

Williams had faced only one top-30 player coming into the final - Germany's Julia Goerges in the third round - hence when she came up against former world number one Halep, she found herself ambushed with no way out. "I overcomplicated everything in my head", she said.

"I have learned that it's a normal match, not thinking that much about the trophy, just going there and try to be the best as you can".

Mair is confident he has the Williams vs. Halep victor, plus he's going big on how many sets it lasts. Grass is Williams' favorite surface, and while some questioned her fitness entering Wimbledon 2019, she silenced any doubts with a 59-minute thrashing of Barbora Strycova in the quarterfinals.

Serena Williams in action on Centre Court at Wimbledon during the women's singles final. "I knew she's very emotional".

For Halep, it was a second Grand Slam title after breaking her duck at the 2018 French Open which had followed three losses in title matches at the Slams.

"I had nerves", Halep continued.

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When asked if she had ever played a better match following the win, she didn't hesitate: "Never". "My stomach was not well before the match, but I came on court and gave my best".

Williams lost to Angelique Kerber in last year's Wimbledon final and lost to Naomi Osaka in the championship match at the US Open.

As for Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion who won the last of her 23 Slam titles at the 2017 Australian Open, she will have to wait until next month's US Open to attempt to equal Court's record.

Since returning to tennis, Williams has dealt with injuries but still managed to remain among the game's elite. Yet on the game's biggest stage the tiny introvert was transformed into a lion with ice in her veins, producing a near-faultless display to dismantle the greatest women's player in history. "It was my mum's dream when I was about 10", she said, smiling.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, chat as they watch Serena Williams play Simona Halep. But even after her rare bright spots, she could never get any momentum going. The dramas began not long after she arrived at Wimbledon. She didn't merely play defense, though, managing to go from retrieving an apparent point-ending stroke by Williams to lashing a victor of her own in a blink.

It was over when Williams hit the ball into the net after a short rally.

Serena Williams' tennis career will come to an end one day but her determination to fight for equality won't. Not only is he picking the victor, he's also betting on how many sets it goes and the exact score of the first set. Halep produced eight winners before a single unforced error, avoiding a miscue until the seventh game.

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