London, Jul 4 (EFE).- Simona Halep on Monday proved to be more than Paula Badosa could handle as she prevailed 6-1, 6-2 to qualify for the Wimbledon quarterfinal for the fifth time.
The Romanian needed just one hour to stun the Spaniard, who failed to get past the fourth round at All England Club for the second time in a row.
The fourth-seed had no answer to the former world No. 1’s heavy baseline hitting and her 21 unforced errors – three times more than her winners – did not help her cause.
“It’s very special to be back I missed a lot, to play in Wimbledon,” said the 30-year-old who last played at Wimbledon in 2019 when she hoisted her second Grand Slam title following the 2018 French Open.
“Three years was a lot … It’s always a pleasure to come back and to have the chance to play on Centre Court. It’s a beautiful court, and I always try to give my best,” she added.
Halep will take on US’ Amanda Anisimova who defeated Harmony Tan in straight sets, putting an end to the Frenchwoman’s best Grand Slam run.
Elena Rybakina secured her maiden Wimbledon quarterfinals appearance with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Croatia’s Petra Martic.
Making her second main draw appearance at All England Club, the 17th-seed became the second Kazakh to reach Wimbledon last-8, following in the footsteps of Yaroslava Shvedova.
“It’s an amazing tournament. I was watching on TV when I was a kid,” Rybakina said afterward booking her second major quarterfinals following the 2021 French Open.
“It’s a dream to play on such courts with such crowds and I’m just happy to go forward and we’ll see how it goes,” the 23-year-old added.
In a bid to post a new Grand Slam best, Rybakina will take on Ajla Tomljanovic, who came back from a set down to defeat Alize Cornet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The Australian player thus put an end to the Frenchwoman’s best-ever Wimbledon run that saw her end Iga Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak. EFE