Wimbledon: Simona Halep storms into quarters, knocks out World No. 4 Paula Badosa in spotless display 

Wimbledon 2022: Simona Halep knocked out World No. 4 Paula Badosa to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time since her winning run in 2019.

Wimbledon: Halep storms into quarters after knocking out World No.4  Badosa (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Simona Halep hammered Paula Badosa 6-1, 6-2
  • Halep reached the quarter-final for the first time since 2019
  • Halep returned to Centre Court on style with a spotless show

Simona Halep reached the quarter-final of a Grand Slam for the first time since the Australian Open in 2021 as the 2-time Grand Slam champion came up with a spotless display in the women’s singles fourth round at Wimbledon 2022 on Monday, July 5.

Simona Halep, 2019 champion at the grass-court Grand Slam, knocked out World No. 4 Paula Badosa 6-1, 6-2 in quick time. Halep enjoyed her return to the Centre Court as she dominated the 4th seed and sent a warning notice to the rest of the field.

She smashed 17 winners, kept a tab on her errors and broke Badosa’s serve five times to close out the victory in an hour.

“It was the place that I wanted to be today. I think I played a great match,” Halep said. “It’s always tough to play against her, she’s a great player.

“Always nervous before, but I enjoyed a lot to be back on Centre Court, in front of this beautiful crowd, always supporting me. It’s a pleasure to be back here.”

‘REALLY PLEASED WITH MY PERFORMANCES’

Halep has been flying under the radar at the 2022 Championships but is now considered a serious title contender as the only former champion left in the draw and with none of the top 15 women’s seeds remaining.

She has yet to lose a set in the 2022 Championships.

“I’m really pleased with the way I played this tournament so far. Day by day, it’s getting better,” said Halep, who missed last year’s tournament with an injury, while Wimbledon was cancelled due to COVID-19 in 2020.

“I’m just looking forward to playing the next one and to give my best again, as today.”

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