Halep crushes Serena Williams to win Wimbledon women's singles title

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-13 23:07:34|Editor: Yang Yi
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Simona Halep of Romania holds the trophy after winning the women's singles final match with Serena Williams of the United States at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Britain, July 13, 2019. (Xinhua/Lu Yang)

LONDON, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Seventh seed Simona Halep crushed eight-time winner Serena Williams in straight sets to win the women's singles title of the Wimbledon championships here on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Romanian took only 56 minutes to upset the 37-year-old Williams 6-2, 6-2, winning her second Grand Slam title after the French Open victory in 2018.

Williams, who won her first Wimbledon title in 2002, found it hard to cope with the fast-moving Halep, making a total of 26 unforced errors against three by her rival.

Halep fell on her knees with arms raised to the sky in celebration. It was just her second victory over the 23-time Grand Slam champion in their 11 meetings. The first one came in 2014.

"It was the best match I have ever played," Halep said. "I had nerves. My stomach wasn't well before I came out on court. But I just concentrated on doing my best.

"It was my mum's dream. She said when I was 10 that if I want to do something in tennis it is to play in the Wimbledon final.

"I have changed my game a bit to win more matches on the grass and this year I felt more that I could do more with the ball and I cannot wait to get back next year," she said in front of a packed crowd in the Centre Court.

Williams, seeded 11th this year, said, "she literally played out of her mind. When a player plays that amazing then you have to take your hat off and say well done.

"I've got to keep trying, keep fighting and enjoying the sport," the American said.  

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