Halep into second Wimbledon semi-final

09:10 | 10/07/2019
Simona Halep reached her second Wimbledon semi-final on Tuesday (Jul 9) with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 victory over China's Zhang Shuai.
halep into second wimbledon semi final
Semi-final push: Simona Halep returns against Zhang Shuai AFP/GLYN KIRK

Halep, the seventh seeded former world number one, will face either Elina Svitolina, the eighth seed from Ukraine, or Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic for a place in the final.

Zhang, bidding to become just the second Chinese woman to reach the semi-finals, led 4-1 in the first set and held four break points for a 5-1 lead.

"I fought hard in the first set, even if I was down 4-1," said 27-year-old Halep, a former French Open champion.

"I knew I had to be strong, play aggressive as much as possible and I did it great.

"I have energy, I feel fresh, I feel healthy, I feel confident when I step on the court."

Romania's Halep last made the last-four in 2014 when she was beaten by Eugenie Bouchard.

AFP

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