Serena Williams’ bid for a 24th Grand Slam title was spoiled Saturday by No. 7 seed Simona Halep, who dominated Williams 6-2, 6-2 at Wimbledon.
This is Halep’s first Wimbledon championship, with her only other major title coming at the 2018 French Open.
Though Williams has won seven times at the All England Club, this is the second consecutive year she has fallen short in the finals.
“When someone plays lights-out, there’s really not much you can do,” Williams said. “I think my opponent just played unbelievable.”
Williams had previously beaten Halep all three times the two met in Grand Slam matches, but Saturday was a different story. The match was never particularly close, with Halep winning the first four games en route to a surprisingly easy victory in straight sets, holding Williams without a single break point.
“I think I played my best tennis ever,” Halep said. “I just didn’t think about what is happening and where I am, I just wanted to be aggressive, to play my plan.”
Halep said she tried not to think about facing one of…