Simona Halep and Serena Williams embrace after Halep won the Wimbledon women’s final in straight sets on Saturday. (Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

Simona Halep made the most of her debut in the Wimbledon final. The former world No. 1 women’s player defeated seven-time champion Serena Williams on Saturday 6-2, 6-2, becoming the first Romanian to win at Wimbledon. The match was over in a brisk 56 minutes, reported Los Angeles Times

For Williams, the loss was reminiscent of last year’s final, when she was heavily favored to win before suffering a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Angelique Kerber.

“It was a little bit of deer in the headlights,” said Williams, who has won just two of her last six appearances in Grand Slam finals. “Whenever a player plays that amazing, you just kind of have to take your nod on the head and congrats for all the hard work.”

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History was made at Wimbledon on Saturday but if you were rooting for Serena Williams, it wasn’t what you hoped for. Simona Halep became the first Romanian to win Wimbledon when she stunned the American 6-2 6-2 in what had to be one of the finest performances in a final in the tournament’s recent history.

Simona Halep, the Romanian winner

Halep needed one more minute than the Czech, 56, to see off the 37-year-old Williams, who fell in a third straight grand slam final for the first time in her career.

Coming into the match, Williams was 9-1 against Halep, her only loss in the round robin of the 2014 WTA Finals. However, Halep had pushed Williams to three sets in all three of their previous meetings in major championships.

Through five games in the second set, Halep made just one unforced error. Yes, she continued to be stingy. Halep dug out from 15-30 at 0-1, then broke for 3-2 when Williams put a backhand long. A seemingly simple point for some with Halep out of position, but the 27-year-old’s retrieving throughout surely prompted the miss.

Williams, who was looking to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, has not won a major championship since the 2017 Australian Open. At 37 years and 291 days, Williams had a chance to become the oldest person to win a Grand Slam.

Entering the final, Williams had dominated with her serve, recording the most aces (45) and highest velocity (122 mph) of any woman in the tournament. But that blistering serve failed to overwhelm Halep, the 2018 French Open winner.

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