Simona Halep produced a brilliant performance to defeat seven-time champion Serena Williams and win her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in front of a stunned Centre Court crowd.

The Romanian, French Open champion in 2018, had only won one of her previous 10 meetings against Williams but inflicted a third consecutive Grand Slam singles final defeat for the American, who remains on 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

Halep hit just three unforced errors, compared to 26 from Williams, and absorbed the greater shot power from her opponent with excellent effect as she sealed a 6-2 6-2 win in 56 minutes.

The 27-year-old came out of the blocks quickest as Williams was broken in the opening game of the match, before a confident Halep seized a double-break lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Williams had committed seven unforced errors in the opening three games and was struggling to contend with the all-court athleticism from Halep, who was by far the hardest challenge she had faced in the tournament.

The 11th seed got herself on the scoreboard with a love service hold and she brought up a break point in the sixth game, but Halep was up to the test and concluded a battling hold with a forehand winner.

source:  sky sports