WIMBLEDON – Halep finds the last four controlling Anisimova’s ardor

Simona Halep as patron. This Wednesday afternoon, on the central court, the Romanian, 18th player in the world and number 16 seed, has qualified for the semifinals of Wimbledon, after her victory over the American Amanda Anisimova, 25th world player and series leader no. 20, in two sets (6-2, 6-4) and 1:05 of play. In the last four, the winner of the 2019 edition will face Elena Rybakina, who defeated Ajla Tomjanovic in three sets (4 -6, 6-2). , 6-3).

At 6-2, 5-1 in favor of the Romanian, a few tears came to Amanda Anisimova. And while Simona Halep served, for the first time, to win this appointment, on the London turf, the American had a burst of pride, then chained three days, with a first break of 5-2, after d ‘having led 40-0. 40-0 for Anisimova, in the service of the Romanian, was also the score of 5-4, while Halep served, for the second time, to win this match. This time, the Romanian, who literally slapped her thighs angrily, was able to reverse the situation, and won by one last unforced error from her rival of the day (6-4).


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Anisimova made too many unforced mistakes

The American has also committed a total of 28 during this meeting, often forcing their rights or the other way around, their power being one of their brands. It was also in return, and very often in second service, that the No. 20 seed frustrated, offering easy points to his rival. On the contrary, the former world number one made only six unforced errors throughout this match, by eleven points of victory (against thirteen).

The two starts of seven were similar, with the Romanian double-breaking to quickly advance 4-1 each time. Contrary to the end of the match, the 25th in the world could not stop the progression of its rival in the first set, despite two chances to do so with the 4-1. However, Amanda Anisimova, who had so far convinced for her best edition at Wimbledon for her third participation, had started this match perfectly, with a target and shots that she placed where she wanted.

But very quickly, his absences multiplied, and his frustration prevailed over his serenity, for which he had trouble with his placement and support before starting at the end of the meeting. Simona Halep returns to the spotlight with this first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2020 edition of the Australian Open. The Romanian, who has not lost a set since the start of this WImbledon, is unbeaten on this same turf since her third round in 2018. Enough to be able to consider winning a third Grand Slam tournament.

Simona Halep

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Rybakina overthrows Tomljanovic

In the semifinals, the usual Simona Halep will find a player less accustomed to these heights: Elena Rybakina, who for the first time in her career reached the quarterfinals of a major tournament beating Ajla Tomljanovic (4-6, 6-) . 2, 6-3).

With 23 years and number 23 seed, the Kazakh has let through the storm of a complicated start with a break and then a 1st set quickly yielded. He then reacted with an entry break from the 2nd set. From there, the match turned completely.

Suddenly less shocking, the Australian left her rival to dictate the match, which he did not miss. Rybakina, the best ace server on the WTA circuit during this 2022 season (197 before this match) added 15 on Wednesday, including a final one to complete her victory. Beautiful work.


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