LONDON, Great Britain
Simona Halep charged into the Wimbledon quarterfinals in commanding style, taking down former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to strengthen her own bid for the WTA’s top ranking.
After needing a tiebreak to decide a tight opening set, Halep accelerated ahead to defeat Azarenka 7-6(3), 6-2 in one of the most anticipated matchups on Manic Monday.
“I knew that is going to be a tough one,” Halep said in her post-match press conference. “She's back and she's playing great. I think was a pretty good tennis out there.