London, Jul 6 (EFE).- Simona Halep on Wednesday weathered a late revival by Amanda Anisimova for a 6-2, 6-4 victory to advance to the Wimbledon semifinal, her first major last-4 appearance in two years.
The Romanian seemed to be in charge of the match against the 20-year-old until the seventh game of the second set, when the US player found her stride.
The former world No.1, however, kept her composure to book a place in her third Wimbledon semis, following 2014 and her successful 2019 campaign.
“It is great to be back in the semi-finals,” Halep said afterwards. “I am very emotional right now – it means a lot.”
Halep, 30, won five consecutive games in the first set, two service breaks included for a 5-1 lead, which proved to be more than enough as she held her serve in the seventh game.
The two-time Grand Slam champion’s momentum continued with a similar second set scenario as she grabbed a 5-1 lead.
With nothing to lose, Anisimova gave glimpse of the performance that got her that far in the tournament, her second best Grand Slam run after her 2019 French Open semifinal and her best at All England Club.
Anisimova’s powerful deep shots and returns combined with a drop in Halep’s level brought her back in the game as she made the score 5-4 and even had three consecutive break points.
Halep, however, found her way back from a 40-0 deficit to spare herself more drama and seal the triumph after 63 minutes of action. EFE