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Halep Wins Wimbledon, Stops Williams' Bid for 24th Slam

Simona Halep celebrates with the trophy after winning the Ladies' Singles final, July 13.
Simona Halep celebrates with the trophy after winning the Ladies' Singles final, July 13.Photographer: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe
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Wimbledon, England (AP) -- Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday's final, there already was inscribed: "Miss S. Halep."

Halep was not concerned with preventing Williams from winning a 24th Grand Slam title. All Halep cared about was winning her first at the All England Club. And she played pretty much perfectly.