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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

'Just brutal': Serena Williams makes tennis history in Wimbledon thrashing

TENNIS QUEEN Serena Williams was dethroned and played second fiddle to indomitable Romanian ace Simona Halep, who called the shots to win the Wimbledon crown on Saturday (Jul 13). Williams insists she's not focused on Margaret Court's record of 24.

Going for No. 24, Serena Williams will face Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final. The US Open final last year was marred by an ugly on court meltdown and spat with chair umpire Carlos Ramos as she lost to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka.

However, come Saturday's final Williams said there was no guarantee it would be the young calmer version walking out on to Centre Court but the one that was pumped up in her three-set quarter-final victory over Alison Riske. Williams never seemed to get into the game after the shock of dropping her first game. She previously won the French Open in 2018.

It's also probably fair to think that Halep bears some considerable mental scars against Williams, following a number of drubbings earlier in her career.

"I don't remember much".

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Nevertheless, Williams refused to accept that the record may elude her. I do have a strategy for players that do get a lot of balls back, which I thought about far too late.

Williams will play for her eighth Wimbledon title.

Asked what it was like to have Meghan supporting, Williams said: 'Having her in general as a friend is great.

She becomes Romania's first-ever Wimbledon singles champion, while Williams suffered a third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final after losses to Angelique Kerber at the same venue previous year and Naomi Osaka at the US Open.

After breaking Williams for a 1-0 lead, Halep built a 40-love lead and secured the game with a down-the-line blast that declared her intentions. When Williams failed to return the final rally that clinched the match, Halep sank to her knees and raised her racket high above her head, closing her eyes and grinning in triumph.

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"I feel like I'm just really on this journey of just doing the best that I can, playing the best that I can when I can".

"I definitely knew that she was just playing her heart out".

After winning the title, a jubilant Halep said: "It was the best match and of course Serena always inspired us so thank you for that".

Showing off the talents and traits that lifted her to No. 1 in the rankings and four previous Grand Slam finals - but only one previous major title, at last year's French Open - Halep got off to an impossibly ideal start.

The American superstar lost just three games to her 33-year-old semi-final opponent Barbora Strycova in easing to a 6-1, 6-2 victory in less than an hour on Thursday.

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"Actually sometimes the comments help me, whether they're good or bad". I have no words to explain, but I feel great.

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