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Simona Halep stuns Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title

• Romanian storms to 6-2, 6-2 victory on Centre Court
Game-by-game report: how all of the action unfolded

Simona Halep played a near-flawless final on Saturday to become the first Romanian woman to win Wimbledon, simultaneously wrecking Serena Williams’s bid for a record-equalling 24th major, a dream that grows more unlikely by the day.

The 37-year-old American – still one short of Margaret Court’s all-time tally – smiled graciously at the end, but will have been crying inside, while Halep beamed like a lighthouse in celebration of a 6-2, 6-2 drubbing in only 56 minutes of perhaps the game’s greatest player.

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