Serena Williams pays tribute to ‘little powerhouse’ Halep after final defeat

• ‘It was just her day,’ says disappointed Williams
• American admits her fitness has not been ideal

Serena Williams denied that nerves or the pressure of chasing down Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles had anything to do with her stunning 6-2, 6-2 Wimbledon defeat by Simona Halep.

Williams looked far from her best as she sprayed 26 unforced errors compared with only17 winners against Halep, and the American has now lost three grand slam finals since winning her 23rd major title at the Australian Open in 2017.

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