Simona Halep tops Serena Williams in dominant Wimbledon final performance

United States' Serena Williams reacts as she plays Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova in a Women's semifinal singles match on day ten of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday

She remained rock solid throughout and Williams simply could not respond.

The serve. The returns.

Halep triumphed 6-2, 6-2 in 56 minutes here, becoming the first Romanian to win Wimbledon with one of the greatest performances seen in a SW19 final.

Reaching the final is a remarkable achievement in itself and not just because it means Williams has now played in the final of a Grand Slam tournament in each of the last 13 years.

"I just remember, like, how it's so, so different when you're younger as opposed to now". I never forgot it. "She played unbelievable", she said looking back on the 2014 match.

"It's not just me, it's Roger (Federer, 37), Tom Brady (41-year-old New England Patriots six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback), Peyton (Manning, NFL quarterback who won two Super Bowls during his 18 year career) played forever".

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"I'm in a good position, honestly". Or that Williams soundly beat Halep later at that same tournament. The two have not squared off at Wimbledon since 2011 when Williams survived three sets in a second-round matchup. It was a clinical performance that Halep said was her best match ever in the post-match interview on Centre Court.

Williams, like in last year's final defeat by Angelique Kerber, seemed weighed down by public and personal expectations as she quickly fell 4-0 behind in the opening set.

The latter descended into chaos after Williams was penalized a game for a heated argument with the chair umpire. I remember I think I hit an ace. It's just a tennis match, big challenge, a great match. I actually was sad, but I was also proud of myself. There was nothing I could do in that match. "I'm just trying to enjoy it as much as possible". "I was like a deer in the headlights", said Williams. When I go on court. "So that would have been nice". To do so, she'll have to get past a fellow former world No. 1 who's in peak condition, both physically and mentally.

But this has been a restorative fortnight for the seven-times champion.

Look where she is now. This is a first Wimbledon final for Halep but, given who she's facing over the net, she can play this match without pressure or expectation. "So it's all kind of coming together". The opponent is not ideal.

Despite the lack of success in the previous meetings, Halep insisted that her focus is on Wimbledon rather than Williams.

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