Halep rubbed in her superiority to break her again for 5-2 - two powerful serves earlier in the game had Williams saying why was I not able to do this earlier - and took the match and the title with aplomb with the first of her three match points.
Getty Simona Halep of Romania celebrates victory in her Ladies' Singles semi-final match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during Day Ten of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England.
Alcott, a 12-time grand-slam champion, has won 6-0 6-2. You're an absolute legend, I loved winning the doubles with you yesterday and you're a great bloke.
Halep is well aware Williams will be chasing history on Centre Court Saturday, but insists she will be trying to create a legacy of her own.
"But I knew if we are patient and if we work hard, we get the feeling of the grass court".
"She really played out of her mind", Williams said. I didn't know that.
While the prize money for male and female players at grand slam events are the same, it is not the case in other Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association tournaments.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, brought her winning style game to the All England Club. I was really hoping to get this far. "I definitely wasn't asleep".
"I have learned that it's a normal match, not thinking that much about the trophy, just going there and try to be the best as you can". Her only major championship came at the French Open past year.
She becomes Romania's first-ever Wimbledon singles champion, while Williams suffered a third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final after losses to Angelique Kerber at the same venue a year ago and Naomi Osaka at the US Open. Playing almost error-free tennis, Halep claimed the opening set, 6-2, in 26 minutes.
Simona Halep brought her parents and coach to tears after fulfilling her childhood dream.
"She's an inspiration for everyone and the model for everyone". The two have not squared off at Wimbledon since 2011 when Williams survived three sets in a second-round matchup.
Serena sprayed a forehand error in the first game of the match to give serve away, finding herself 2-0 down when Simona held at love in game two with a backhand error and allowing the Romanian to grab another break with a backhand down the line victor.
"When a player plays like that, you just have to take your hat off", she said.
Tennis icon Billie Jean King congratulated Halep on the victory. I respect a lot what she has done and what she's doing. If she is quite happy the way she is, then fine.
But being a favorite is nothing new for Williams.
"It was the best match and of course Serena always inspired us, so thank you for that", Halep said.