Former champion Simona Halep said she was playing her “best tennis” when she competed against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in the Wimbledon semifinals on Wednesday. Halep, the winner of 2019, reached comfortably by defeating Amanda Ansimova of the United States 6-2, 6-4 in her third semi-final at the All England Club. Rybakina, of Russian descent, became the first player to represent Kazakhstan in a Grand Slam semifinal when she defeated Ajla Tomaljanovic of Australia 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“It’s definitely my best tennis,” said Halep, who was ruled out of Wimbledon last year due to a previous injury.
“I’m trying to regain my confidence, and that’s fine.”
Romania’s 16th seed, who also won the French Open in 2018, broke Ansimova’s serve four times in the match, winning in just one hour.
The former world number one said it was great to be back in the semi-finals. “I’m very emotional right now. It means a lot.”
The 30-year-old took charge early on the center court, taking a 5-1 lead and winning the set 6-2.
There was a similar story in the second set in which Halep dominated again and went ahead 5-1 with a double break.
Anisimova dug deep when Halep earned his own break of service for the match but the Romanian remained calm to win.
“I had to stay strong on my feet – they helped me today,” said Halep, who did not miss a seat at Wimbledon this year.
“I needed my service too – everything was fine, and it ended well.”
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