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Tennis: Halep stuns Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title

By Mutala Yakubu
Simona Halep celebrates her emphatic Wimbledon victory
Simona Halep celebrates her emphatic Wimbledon victory

Simona Halep produced a brilliant performance to defeat seven-time champion Serena Williams and win her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in front of a stunned Centre Court crowd.

The Romanian, French Open champion in 2018, had only won one of her previous 10 meetings against Williams but inflicted a third consecutive Grand Slam singles final defeat for the American, who remains on 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

Halep hit just three unforced errors, compared to 25 from Williams, and absorbed the greater shot power from her opponent with excellent effect as she sealed a 6-2 6-2 win in 55 minutes.

The 27-year-old came out of the blocks quickest as Williams was broken in the opening game of the match, before a confident Halep seized a double-break lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Williams had committed seven unforced errors in the opening three games and was struggling to contend with the all-court athleticism from Halep, who was by far the hardest challenge she had faced in the tournament.

The 11th seed got herself on the scoreboard with a love service hold and she brought up a break point in the sixth game, but Halep was up to the test and concluded a battling hold with a forehand winner.

Despite a second love service hold for Williams, she could do nothing to prevent Halep closing out the first set in 26 minutes.

Williams knew she faced an uphill battle and released a huge scream of emotion in the opening game of the second set but, despite a concerted effort to make a break through, Halep remained resolute.

Halep refused to lose her focus and drop her level as she brought up two break points in the fifth game with a forehand winner, and she increased her control on proceedings when Williams went long with a regulation backhand.

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Source: Skysports