Simona Halep continued her flawless return to Wimbledon by thrashing Amanda Anisimova to reach the semi-finals.
Halep, who is playing at the All England Club for the first time since triumphing in 2019, romped to a 6-2 6-4 victory over the 20th seeded American to set up a last-four meeting with Elena Rybakina, who came from behind to beat Ajla Tomljanovic.
The two-time Grand Slam champion looked set to inflict an even heavier defeat over Anisimova, before a late rally from the 20-year-old almost saw her come back from 5-1 down in the second set.
“It’s great to be back in the semi-finals,” Halep said on court after her victory. “I’m very emotional right now. It means a lot. I played a tough opponent today – she could crunch the ball in the end.”
Halep was unable to defend her title when the tournament was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and missed out last year with a calf injury, but has picked up right where she left off three years ago, advancing to the last four without dropping a set.
“Definitely this is my best tennis,” Halep added.
“I struggled a lot last year and now I am just trying to build my confidence back, tennis is here, so I just have to believe. I started to do that and it feels good.”
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