Wimbledon 2022: Former champion Simona Halep eases into 4th round, Jessica Pegula crashes out

Former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep soared into the fourth round of the Championships on Saturday while Jessica Pegula crashed out after defeat in the third round.

Former champion Simona Halep thumps Magdalena Frech to reach Wimbledon fourth round (Reuters Photo)

Former champion Simona Halep thumps Magdalena Frech to reach Wimbledon fourth round (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep moved into the fourth round
  • Martic defeated Jessica Pegula 6-2, 7-6 (5) on No. 3 Court
  • Halep registered with a commanding 6-4, 6-1 victory over Magdalena Frech

2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep moved into the fourth round after easing past Poland’s Magdalena Frech 6-4, 6-1 on No.2 Court, whereas Jessica Pegula crashed out after a defeat to Petra Martic of Croatia in the third round.

Halep registered with a commanding 6-4, 6-1 victory over Poland’s Magdalena Frech. The 30-year-old Romanian, who returned to the All England Club this year for the first time since winning the grasscourt major in 2019, came into the match having beaten Frech in both their previous meetings.

Halep and Badosa will now face each other on Monday in a blockbuster showdown for a quarterfinal spot. In their lone previous meeting, Halep dismissed Badosa 6-3, 6-1 on the clay courts of Madrid two months ago.

“It has been a good match,” Halep said on court. “It’s always difficult to play on grass. Today with the wind, it was not that easy.

“It’s always a pleasure to play at Wimbledon and I have great memories, so I’m just trying to enjoy every day.

“It helps a lot that I could win this tournament. I have confidence, but every match is difficult and every opponent is tough.”

Martic defeated the eighth-seeded American 6-2, 7-6 (5) on No. 3 Court.

The 28-year-old Pegula had reached the quarterfinals at this year’s Australian Open and French Open. She made it to the third round at Wimbledon for the first time.

Martic, who is ranked 80th, has been to the fourth round twice before at Wimbledon. She will next face 17th-seeded Elena Rybakina for a place in the quarterfinals.

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