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United States' Serena Williams reacts as she plays Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova in a Women's semifinal singles match on day ten of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday

Serena Williams fell in the Wimbledon final Saturday, losing to Romanian Simona Halep in straight sets, 6-2 6-2. Playing almost error-free tennis, Halep claimed the opening set, 6-2, in 26 minutes.

The Romanian had lost her first three grand slam finals but, since teaming up with Darren Cahill, she is a reformed competitor. "I never forgot it", said the 11th seed, who is also bidding to become the first mother to triumph at Wimbledon since Australian Evonne Goolagong beat American Chris Evert in 1980.

Halep was not concerned with preventing Williams from winning a 24th Grand Slam title. "I wish she would just make a commitment for the next year and a half to two years and say, I'm going to absolutely focus on what's necessary for my tennis, so when I look in the mirror when I'm older, then I can go back in my mind and know I gave it everything I had".

She hasn't won a title of any sort since the 2017 Australian Open, when she was pregnant.

Halep dominated the seven-time Wimbledon champion from the start, breaking Williams in her first two service games and taking a 4-0 lead.

"At the beginning of the tournament, I told people in the locker room that if I win I will get membership for life, it was one of the motivations for me, so now I'm happy".

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"I have worked a lot for this moment, it was an honour to play in front of the Royal Box".

Viewers will get to see both this morning as Williams takes on Simona Halep for the women's singles final. But more than anything, the fact that she is playing without any pain in the injured knee that has hampered her for much of the season and kept her extremely low on match play (she had just 12 matches under her belt before the fortnight) has made the difference.

Nevertheless, Williams refused to accept that the record may elude her. But now I feel stronger mentally facing her. It was a little bit deer in the headlights for me.

"I was over-hitting it, trying to go for too much", Williams said. Williams had noted earlier that she has not played played her best recently saying, "I don't know if I've had my best serves this tournament". "I always play well when I have emotions". She showed incredible pace to get to balls most players would never be able to reach, and did more than that, often blasting unthinkable winners from impossible positions on the run. "It's just about going out there and giving my best effort, no matter what". "They played a great match", said Reid, who won the first ever Wimbledon wheelchair event in 2016. Considering how she's had to miss time due to injuries and the birth of her daughter - and the fact that she will likely rise after her performance - this is as impressive of a stretch as any for her.

"I really want to do it".

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