Wimbledon 2022: Former World No.1 Simona Halep qualified for the semi-final of the grass-court tournament after beating Amanda Anisimova.
Simona Halep of Romania. Courtesy: AP
- Halep won the match in straight sets
- Halep qualified for a Grand Slam semi-final after 2 years
- Anisimova fought hard but her efforts went in vain.
Former World No.1 Simona Halep has qualified for the women’s singles semi-final in Wimbledon 2022. On Wednesday, July 6, the 30-year-old defeated USA’s Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-4 on Centre Court.
Halep has been in stupendous form, especially on grass, and she was unstoppable in the quarter-final match. The champion of the 2019 Wimbledon started the match with a double break against Anisimova, who earlier knocked Coco Gauff out of the tournament.
The first set turned out to be a one-sided affair as Halep won it without having to break much sweat. In the second set, the Romanian star took a 5-1 lead and looked in ominous touch. But Anisimova came back to make it 5-4.
Just when it seemed that the set would go into the tie-breaker, Halep delivered the killer blow and held her nerve to come up trumps.
Halep won four out of six points against her opponent, while Anisimova could break her opponent’s serve only once. Anisimova also faltered on the second serve, winning only 42 percent of the points.
RYBAKINA GOES THROUGH
In the other quarter-final match on Wednesday, Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina advanced to the semi-final of the tournament at SW19 after beating Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Court 1.
The 23-year-old also became the first player from her country to qualify for a Grand Slam semi-final. She lost the first set and came back from behind to get past her opponent.
Rybakina won five out of nine break points as compared to Tomljanovic’s three out of eight.
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