Wait goes on for Williams as inspired Halep wins Wimbledon

Duchess of Sussex arrives on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Duchess of Sussex arrives on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Seventh seed Simona Halep crushed eight-time victor Serena Williams in straight sets to win the women's singles title of the Wimbledon championships here on Saturday.

By contrast, Saturday's game was Halep's first final appearance at Wimbledon and, now, her only second Grand Slam title.

The 27-year-old Romanian lost two French Open finals in 2014 and 2017 before again being defeated in an epic battle with Caroline Wozniacki at the 2018 Australian Open.

Williams steadied the ship by winning her first two service games at the start of the second set, but Halep matched her and secured a break in the fifth game after Williams sent a seemingly straightforward backhand long.

In her news conference, Williams acknowledged her path toward matching Court's Grand Slam record, saying having a baby "definitely plays a little bit into it". You can get intimidated by the moment.

Serena Williams just lost the Wimbledon final, but that won't stop her from fighting another battle - against inequality.

"It's something very special and I will never forget this day because it was my mom's dream". She got here by bulldozing past Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals, showing off conditioning and shot-making she hadn't previously displayed this year.

"I've got to keep trying, keep fighting and enjoying the sport", she said. "I just came on court and I gave my best".

"Today nothing really helped".

"Have you ever played a better match?" commentator Sue Barker asked Halep. I never thought that I would be able to win on grass, with all these players that are very tall and serving with a lot of power. But I knew there was no time for emotions. Williams is a seven-time champion at Wimbledon with her first win coming in 2002 against her own sister Venus Williams, who was the two-time defending champ at the time. "It was a little bit deer in the headlights for me".

Women's great Billie Jean King said she felt Williams was spreading herself too thin in an interview midway through the tournament and urged the American to stop "being a celebrity" for a year and a half.

She entered today with a 9-1 record against Simona Halep, but is quickly headed towards loss No. 2.

King spoke to the BBC mid-Wimbledon about wanting to see Williams focus more on her on-court prospects than trying to juggle everything else.

King also addressed Williams' busy schedule beyond tennis prior to the tournament. "I didn't think about the score at all".

The Wimbledon championships are hosted by one of the world's most exclusive tennis clubs and winning a title confers lifetime membership. We are told to sit down and be quiet, which frankly is just not something I'm okay with.