Halep beats Zhang to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon
LONDON: Former world number one Simona halep he reached his second Wimbledon semifinal on Tuesday after overcoming an early attack to deliver another example of matchplay tennis book and dispatching China unseen Zhang Shuai 7-6(4), 6-1.
Just as he did to quell the lively challenge of Coco Gauff, 15, on Monday, Halep initially struggled and was in real danger when 4-1 fell and faced more break points in the first set. However, the Romanian was launched to see the threat and then played her usual percentage of tennis when Zhang got lost in her way.
Halep of the seventh seed will now face the number eight seed. Elina svitolina or without seeds Karolina Muchova since it bets to reach the final for the first time after having lost to Eugenie Bouchard in the last four in 2014.
I fought hard in the first set, even if I knew I was 4-1 and she was hitting hard, I knew I was going to hit with a lot of power. I knew I would have to play aggressively and I did very well. she said.
I have energy, I feel fresh and confident and maybe I'm playing my best tennis on the lawn.
Zhang is ranked 50th and has reached the quarterfinals in a single Grand Slam event: the 2016 Australian Open.
However, he started superbly, serving and coming back with depth, power and confidence to break the second game and run to a 4-1 lead. He appeared to be in 5-1, but Halep fought and chased to save four break points in the game and convert the match.
The 27-year-old Romanian, champion of the French Open last year, began to find her own pace, releasing the calculated low risk calculations that swept the US Gauff on Monday and then recovered from a double fault.
Zhang's two-handed backhand, so deadly in the opening games, began to splash the streetcars when the inconsistency indicated by his poor Grand Slam record became apparent.
She held on tight enough to get to a tiebreaker, but was well beaten and an early break in the second set put Halep 3-1 up.
Zhang's head then fell and the errors flowed when Halep reviewed the remaining games at a gallop.