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Tennis: Simona Halep through to Wimbledon quarterfinals

World No. 2, Romanian tennis player Simona Halep advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday after defeating former World No 1 Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in straight sets 7-6 (3), 6-2 behind 19 winners and Azarenka’s 32 unforced errors.

Simona Halep has beaten Victoria Azarenka (27, WTA’s 683rd) after one hour and 28 minutes, cashing in a GBP 275,000 cheque and winning 430 WTA points.

Second-seeded Halep reached the quarterfinals for the second year in a row, yet her ever best Wimbledon performance was when she reached the semifinals in 2014.

The Romanian 25yo tennis player will next face Britain’s Johanna Konta (26, WTA 7th), having the chance to take over as the top-ranked player this week.

If she makes it to the Wimbledon semifinals, Halep will secure the No.1 ranking, but if she loses in the quarterfinals Karolina Pliskova (WTA’s 3rd) will end the fortnight as the new No.1.

Johanna Konta became the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1984 to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The sixth-seeded Konta defeated 21st-seeded Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 on Court No 1.

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