Simona Halep blitzes Serena Williams to win Wimbledon title

Serena Williams arrives with coach Patrick Mouratoglou on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships

Serena Williams arrives with coach Patrick Mouratoglou on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships

Serena stayed in touch in the first four games of the second set before a bad backhand error in game five, sending the rival in front and propelling Halep 5-2 up after a backhand down the line victor from the Romanian in the seventh game.

'She's the sweetest person you can meet, I'm very happy for her.

She remained rock solid throughout, making only three unforced errors in a remarkable display of defence mixed with clinical counter-punching. Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to be everything.

Not this time. Halep had lost nine of her 10 matches against Williams but on Friday she spent 30 minutes practising her returns, knowing that she had to face down the American's barrage to have any chance of getting into the match. "So I did this year and I did it pretty well".

"Now, you know, in my 20s - I'm always expected to win, but it's a different circumstance for me", she said.

Nadia Comaneci predicted "no one in Romania will be working for a few days" as they would be too busy celebrating Simona Halep's "amazing" victory over Serena Williams in Saturday's Wimbledon final.

On the day, Williams, who was chasing her 24th grand slam win, was relegated to the role of bit-part actor as Halep produced an extraordinary performance.

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"You never count her out".

FILE PHOTO: Romanian former gymnast Nadia Comaneci attends the women's singles semi-final match between Flavia Pennetta of Italy and Simona Halep of Romania at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2015.

Williams was embroiled in huge storm when she accused chair umpire Carlos Ramos of being a "thief" for issuing her with code violations and claimed she was being punished because she was a woman.

"Seems like every Grand Slam final I'm in recently has been an unbelievable effort to get there".

"We are not allowed to have emotions, we are not allowed to be passionate". We are told to sit down and be quiet, which frankly is just not something I'm okay with. But I did hear it. Some may not like it, and to be honest, that's their prerogative. But I decided before the match that I'm going to focus on myself and on the final of grand slam, not on her. "And I won't ever stop raising my voice against injustice".

The Romanian thrashed the seven-time champion 6-2 6-2 in under an hour on Centre Court, picking up a second major crown to go with her French Open win at Roland Garros previous year. But she maintains being preoccupied with records isn't what's holding her back. "I looked at the scoreboard".

King - who was no stranger to fighting for equality for women players when she was starting out - may feel justified after Williams was played off the court in the Wimbledon final on Saturday (July 13). "I was like a deer in headlights".

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