French Open runner-up Simona Halep continued her world No.1 bid with a 7-5, 6-3, win over Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia at Wimbledon.
The disparity between the two players is noticeable. World No.97 Haddad Maia was making her Wimbledon debut in what was only her second main draw grand slam match. Meanwhile Halep is participating in her 29th major tournament.
Still, it was a far from straightforward encounter for the Romanian, who had to battled back from a 0-3 deficit at the start of the match. The Brazilian showed little signs of being intimidated early on, but it was Halep’s experience and accurate shot-making that prevailed.
“She doesn’t have a weakness that much. Both shots are pretty strong, and also the serve. She came to the net. I think was a good level of tennis.” Halep said about her Brazilian rival.
The signs from Halep are positive, but she refuses to get carried away. Her loss to Jelena Ostapenko has provided her with much food for thought. Admitted that one improvement she needs to make in her game is ‘to be more aggressive when leading,’ Halep remains weary of her opponents in the draw.
“Every match is tough, and you never know what is going to happen.”
The second seed will next play Peng Shuai, a player she described as ‘very dangerous.’
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Featured Image – Simona Halep (Zimbio)