Simona Halep will continue her quest for a second Wimbledon crown when she takes on Elena Rybakina in the semi-finals on Thursday at 3pm (UK time).
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Halep was Wimbledon champion in 2019, beating Serena Williams in the final needing just 56 minutes to record her 6-2, 6-2 victory with a major-final record of just three unforced errors. She was unable to defend that crown in 2021, withdrawing through injury, so in reality Halep is looking to win back-to-back Wimbledons.
The Romanian has made light work of Wimbledon so far, reaching the semi-finals without dropping a single set — she dropped just one en route to winning in 2019. In the first three rounds Halep beat unseeded Karolina Muchova, Kirsten Flipkens and Magdalena Frech to set up a fourth-round tie against fourth seed Paula Badosa. But the Spaniard didn’t give 16th-seed Halep any trouble, nor did Amanda Anisimova in the quarter-final, with the Romanian winning 6-2, 6-4.
Standing in Halep’s way to the final is 17th seed Rybakina, the first Kazakh singles player to reach the semi-final of a grand slam, whose previous best at Wimbledon was the fourth round last year. Then, she was knocked out by second seed Aryna Sabalenka, but this time around Rybakina has had a comfortable route through the tournament.
Thursday’s semi-final will be the first match for Rybakina against a seeded opponent at Wimbledon, taking on lucky loser CoCo Vandeweghe in the first round. She then beat Bianca Andreescu, Qinwen Zhang and Petra Martic to set up a quarter-final tie with Ajla Tomljanovic. The Australian was the first player to take a set off Rybakina at Wimbledon this year, but the Kazakh bounced back to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, leading to this intriguing affair.
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