Serena Williams was handed her third major final defeat in 12 months after Simona Halep beat her to win her first Wimbledon title.
She also made history by becoming the first Romanian to win the Grand Slam with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Williams.
Williams’s loss on Saturday meant her wait for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title goes on as an inspired Halep took full advantage of an error-strewn display by the seven-time champion.
The Romanian won 6-2 6-2 in front of an incredulous Centre Court, running after everything the American threw at her.
“It was my best match,” the 27-year-old said after her second Grand Slam title following her 2018 French Open success.
For 37-year-old Williams, it was a third major final defeat in 12 months.
“It was a little bit a deer in headlights for me. Whenever a player plays like that you just have to take your hat off.”