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Halep beats Badosa on Centre Court return to reach quarters


Wimbledon 2022 Live: Halep mauls Badosa on Centre Court return to reach quarters- Former champion Simona Halep marked her return to Centre Court…

Wimbledon 2022 Live: Halep mauls Badosa on Centre Court return to reach quarters- Former champion Simona Halep marked her return to Centre Court on Monday with a scintillating performance to thrash fourth-seeded Spaniard Paula Badosa 6-1 6-2 and reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Follow Wimbledon 2022 Live updates on InsideSport.IN

Playing on the main showcourt at the grasscourt Grand Slam for the first time since sweeping aside Serena Williams in the 2019 final, the 16th-seeded Romanian put on another show for the crowd on Monday.

Wimbledon 2022 Live: Halep mauls Badosa on Centre Court return to reach quarters

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.”

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.

Wimbledon 2022 Live: Halep mauls Badosa on Centre Court return to reach quarters

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

Halep dropped only four games in the pair’s only previous meeting in Madrid in April and their second match-up also turned out to be another forgettable outing for Badosa, who beat two-time former champion Petra Kvitova in her previous round.

Former world number one Halep, who won her first major at the 2018 French Open, lost just three points on her serve while breaking the Spaniard’s delivery three times to win the opening set in 22 minutes.

Badosa saved three breakpoints to hold her serve in the fourth game of the second set but Halep showed great court coverage and consistency from behind the baseline to convert her next chance to close in on victory.

Halep broke her opponent’s delivery once more and sealed the contest on her third matchpoint when Badosa sprayed a forehand wide for her 21st unforced error.

She will meet American Amanda Anisimova for a place in Thursday’s semi-finals.

Wimbledon 2022 Live: Halep mauls Badosa on Centre Court return to reach quarters

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