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Simona Halep Plays Match of Her Life, Beats Serena Williams to Win Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England — Well, that certainly didn't go like we thought it would.

Simona Halep served with pinpoint accuracy, chased down every ball and played the match of her life to beat Serena Williams and win the Wimbledon title. The 27-year-old Romanian was the better player from the first point—she jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and was in firm control the entire match—and needed just 56 minutes to win her second Grand Slam title.

A Hall of Fame performance from a player who is now certain to make the Hall of Fame.

Has she ever played a better match?