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Halep wins first Wimbledon title

Halep wins first Wimbledon title
Simona Halep with the Wimbledon Open trophy after defeating Serena Williams.
London, Jul 13 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/13/2019 11:37:17 AM IST

Serena Williams’ wait for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title goes on after Simona Halep stunned the off-key American 6-2, 6-2 in a one-sided Wimbledon final on Saturday.

Halep took full advantage of an error-strewn display by seven-times champion Williams to become the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title.

The 27-year-old Halep, broke the Williams serve in the opening game and raced into a 4-0 lead in front of 15,000 disbelieving fans on Centre Court.

She remained rock solid throughout, making only three unforced errors, and Williams simply could not respond.

Even when Williams fired herself up at the start of the second set and began to strike the ball with her customary power, seventh seed Halep refused to take a backward step.

Halep weathered the storm and reeled off the last five games of what she described as the best match of her life.

Williams, who is still to add to her Grand Slam collection since giving birth to daughter Olympia in September 2017, looked out of ideas and the match ended after 56 minutes when she buried a forehand into the net — her 26th unforced error.

Until Saturday the only other Romanian to reach the Wimbledon final was Ilie Nastase who twice finished runner-up, in 1972 and 1976. But Halep went one better as she added the Wimbledon crown to the French Open she won in 2018. “It’s something very special and I’ll never forget this day. It was my mum’s dream when I was about 10. The day came,” said Halep.

Federer beats Nadal to reach final

Roger Federer won the 40th instalment of his great rivalry with Rafael Nadal to reach a 12th Wimbledon final, 11 years on from their classic encounter at the All England Club.

The illustrious pair had not met at Wimbledon since the 2008 showpiece which Nadal memorably won, but this time it was Federer who could celebrate as he beat the Spaniard 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 6-4.

Federer, who had lost all four of their previous Grand Slam semi-final meetings, eventually sealed victory in another thrilling tussle on Centre Court on his fifth match point after three hours and two minutes.The 20-time Grand Slam champion will face defending champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final, targeting a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title.

Federer, who will turn 38 next month, will move three clear of Nadal for Grand Slam men’s singles title and six clear of Djokovic should he win.

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