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Simona Halep’s Dazzling Wimbledon Victory

The 27-year-old Romanian underdog handily defeated the formidable Serena Williams in a final that echoed a classic 2008 match.
Source: Hannah Mckay / Reuters

Throughout her professional career, Simona Halep has enjoyed a reputation as a , a player with superb defensive skills and the instinct to patiently extend rallies until an ideal moment to strike reveals itself. Prior to her straight-sets (6–2, 6–2) upset of Serena Williams in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon today, Halep’s only Grand Slam singles title had come on , a slow, high-bouncing surface that rewards the meticulous construction of points as

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