Simona Halep stuns Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title
Sat 13 Jul 2019 15.06 BST
Simona Halep played a near-flawless final on Saturday to become the first Romanian woman to win Wimbledon, simultaneously wrecking Serena Williams’s bid for a record-equalling 24th major, a dream that grows more unlikely by the day.
The 37-year-old American – still one short of Margaret Court’s all-time tally – smiled graciously at the end, but will have been crying inside, while Halep beamed like a lighthouse in celebration of a 6-2, 6-2 drubbing in only 56 minutes of perhaps the game’s greatest player.
“She really played out of her mind,” Williams said. “Whenever a player plays that amazing you just have to take your hat off and give her a nod.”