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Halep wins Wimbledon, stops Williams' offer for the 24th Slam

Halep wins Wimbledon, stops Williams' offer for the 24th Slam

Wimbledon, England (AP) - Simona Halep was not focused on trying to stop Serena Williams from winning her 24th Grand Slam title. All that mattered to Halep was winning Wimbledon for the first time.

Quite perfect from start to finish, Halep beat Williams 6-2, 6-2 impressively in the final at the All England Club on Saturday.

The whole thing took less than an hour.

Halep only made three unforced errors, a remarkably low total and 23 fewer than Williams.

This is the third consecutive Grand Slam final that Williams loses when she tries to match Margaret Court with 24 main trophies, the highest total in tennis history. Williams was runner-up Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon a year ago, and Naomi Osaka at the US Open. UU Last September.

The 37-year-old American has not won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open when she set the professional-era record of 23 Grand Slam championships (Court won 13 of her titles against amateur competition). Williams was pregnant when she won in Australia and then it took more than a year of the tour; his daughter, Olympia, was born in September 2017.

Since returning to tennis, Williams has dealt with injuries but still managed to stay among the elite of the game.

It did not take long on Saturday for Halep to show that this was not going to be easy for Williams.

Not in any way.

Showing the talents and traits that led her to number 1 in the standings and four previous Grand Slam finals, but only one previous major title, at the French Open last year, Halep had an incredibly perfect start.

She tracked everything, as is her will. However, he did not just play defensively, as he managed to go from recovering an apparent point-off hit from Williams to attacking his own winner in the blink of an eye.

Their returns were exceptional, repeatedly recovering the services that left Williams' racket at 115 mph or more. That was a key aspect of this confrontation, given that Halep came to win 53% of the service games of his opponents during the fortnight, while Williams had 45 aces.

On this cloudy and fresh afternoon, with the temperature in the low 70s (20 degrees Celsius), Halep started with a couple of breaks in service and even delivered the first ace of the game, at 106 mph, which placed her in the front after 11 amazing minutes.

Halep won 14 of the first 18 points. She produced eight winners before a single unforced error, avoiding an error until the seventh game.

Williams, in sharp contrast, came out with a little tight, short shot and accumulating nine unforced errors before conjuring a single winner. She spoke after her semifinal victory over trying to stay calm on the court, and she did, even in the face of a player who was at her best.

So Williams would put a hand on his hip. Or lift the palm of your hand and look at your guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?" Williams' biggest excitement came after she stretched to get a right volley winner in the second point of the second set. He leaned forward and shouted: "Come on!"

But the comeback never came. Halep broke to lead 3-2 on the set when Williams pushed a setback for a long time, and there was not much left.