‘Best tennis player’ Halep faces Rybakina in Wimbledon semi-finals, News Tennis – Maxi News Today

Former champion Simona Halep says she is playing. Her “best tennis” as she sets up her Wimbledon semi-final clash against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina on Wednesday.

2019 winner Halep comfortably reached her third semi-final at the All England Club with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over USA’s Amanda Anisimova.

Russian-born Rybakina became the first player to represent Kazakhstan to reach the Grand Slam semi-finals when she defeated Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“For sure this is my best tennis,” said Halep, who missed last year’s Wimbledon with a calf injury.

“I’m trying to get my confidence back and it’s good.”

Romania’s 16th seed, who was French Open champion in 2018, broke Anisimova’s serve four times in the tournament. Finished the victory in just an hour.

“It’s great to be back in the semi-finals,” said the former world number one. “I’m very emotional right now. It means a lot.”

The 30-year-old took over before the game at centre-court, leading 5-1 and making the set 6-2.

It was a similar story in the second set, with Halep dominating again and leading 5-1 with two splits.

Anisimova dug deep, earning her own servings when Halep served for the match. But Romania remained calm to serve in victory.

“I have to insist on staying strong – they helped me today,” said Halep, who hasn’t made a kit at Wimbledon this year.

“I still want my servings. everything is fine and ended well.”

Rybakina fights back

Rybakina came from behind to reach the semi-finals of her first Grand Slam, scoring 15 aces past Tomljanovic, who also made the last eight in 2021.

“It’s amazing, I’m really happy. who reached the semi-finals It was a really tough match,” said the 23-year-old Moscow-born player.

“I’m starting a little late. I’m not good at serving

“Maybe I’m nervous. She played very well and defended very well. But I’m just trying to focus on my serving and try to find my way. And I finally found it.”

Rybakina changed his nationality in 2018. This year the Russian and Belarusian players were banned from Wimbledon following the invasion of Ukraine.

Rybakina hit five aces in the first set, but her 10 winner was canceled by her 10 unenforced errors.

Softer Tomljanovic conceded the break point, while a single break in game three was enough to send her an opener.

Moscow-born Rybakina returned with three breaks in the second set to level the draw.

She swept past the referee and was even destroyed when serving for the match in the seventh game. But she made no mistake on the ninth day with another ace sealing the victory.

Halep and Rybakina have met three times so far, with the Romanian regarded as 2-1.

Their most recent clash came at the 2021 US Open when Halep came in first in three sets in the third round.


“It’s a huge challenge for me. We’ve played a few times and it’s a tough fight,” Rybakina said.

Wimbledon results on Wednesday 10 of the 2022 tournament at the All England Club (x refers to seed players):



Elena Rybakina (KAZ x17) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Simona Halep (ROM x16) bt Amanda Anisimova (USA x20) 6-2, 6-4

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