Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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Playing for her 24th Grand Slam title, Williams lost to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final Saturday, 6-2, 6-2.

Halep, 27, is only the second Romanian woman to win a major after Virginia Ruzici claimed the 1978 French Open.

Self-doubt began to erode Williams' confidence as Halep took the set in 26 minutes.

Since the Australian Open, the encounter with Halep was the first time that Williams had faced a top 10 player in a Grand Slam.

The Romanian produced a breathtaking performance to blow away 23-time grand slam champion Williams on Saturday, running out a 6-2 6-2 victor at the All England Club.

After the match ended, Halep was asked if she'd ever played better.

The Centre Court crowd was typically vocal in its support for Williams, 37, and she recognizes the chances to see the likes of her and other tennis greats like Roger Federer are decreasing as they get older.

She is the first Romanian to win a singles title at Wimbledon setting SW19 buzzing with her stunning performance.

Serving at 76%, Halep delivered one good hold after another, mounting the pressure on Williams and outplaying her in every department with smart and measured tennis to lift the biggest trophy in a career so far.

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While Halep fell to her knees to celebrate her win and kissed the trophy repeatedly, she seemed nearly as pleased to be wearing a little badge that meant she was now a member of the All England Club.

"I had nerves. My stomach was not very well before the match".

"I have worked a lot for this moment, it was an honour to play in front of the Royal Box".

Williams may have kept Halep waiting to go on court but if she hoped that would upset her opponent it did quite the opposite. Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to be everything.

Turning 38 in September, Williams is 33 days older than nine-times All England Club champion Martina Navratilova was when the Czech-born American qualified for her 12th decider in 1994. "So today it's real and I'm really happy". "I'm always expected to win, but it's a different circumstance for me", Williams said. "I'm just going in the right direction in terms of getting back to where I need to be".

"It's been an honour to play here and to win my second grand slam".

A scheduling conflict meant Comaneci could not fly in from her home in Oklahoma for Saturday's Wimbledon finale so she resorted to an early wake-up call to follow the action on television. All Halep cared about was winning her first at the All England Club. I just told her that we'll talk later. But it's cool. Yeah, no matter which way you look at it, [Federer and I are] not going to be out here in the next three, four, five years.

I did not know her then, but I have seen some photos.

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