Naomi Osaka is the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Williams picked up four straight in 2014-15 and has clearly marked herself as tennis' new star.
US Open champion Naomi Osaka's coach Sascha Bajin said he wanted Osaka to take the game to lefthander Kvitova in the same way she did against another Czech in Karolina Pliskova in the semi-final.
Osaka showed nerves of steel to secure the biggest win of her life and become Japan's first Grand Slam singles champion but the 20-year-old's triumphant moment was lost in the controversy surrounding Williams.
Madison Keys clinched her second consecutive semifinal berth by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-3 while Novak Djokovic beat Australian John Millman 6-3 6-4 6-4.
The carnage of seeds at the world's premier grass court tennis tournament continued, with only one of the top 10 women's seeds remaining in the tournament at the fourth round.
The match started as a cagey affair until it reached 3-3 in the opening set before Halep’s game unraveled as she coughed up a litany of errors, paving the way for Osaka to reel off the next nine games without much resistance.
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