Romanian tennis player Simon Halep, 7th WTA, has reached her first Wimbledon final on Thursday, after defeating Elina Svitolina, Ukraine, 8th WTA, 6-1, 6-3.
“It’s an amazing feeling. It’s one of the best moments of my life,” Simona Halep wrote immediately after the match on Twitter.
She is the first Romanian woman tennis player to reach a Wimbledon final.
“It’s an amazing feeling, and I’m really excited, but also nervous because of this!” Halep exclaimed to the BBC after the match. “It’s one of the best moments of my life, so I’m trying just to enjoy it as much as possible and be happy that I could make the final.”
Seeded No.7, Halep was playing her first semifinal at the All England Club since 2014, while Svitolina was making her debut at this stage of any major tournament. The Romanian ultimately made good use of that experience to complete a 72 minute victory on Centre Court, wtatennis.com informs.
Svitolina narrowly led her head-to-head with Halep coming into Thursday’s clash, winning three of their last four matches – including decisive meetings at the 2017 Rogers Cup, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and 2018 Internazionali BNL d’Italia – to move ahead 4-3.
“It was not as easy as the score shows, because every game was very long and deep. I fought very hard to win this match; she’s an amazing player, and is always tough to play. I played the right tactics, and I was very strong, both mentally and physically.”
It was Halep, however, who had captured their most recent encounter at the Qatar Total Open, rallying from five points of defeat at 4-1 in the final set to snap her losing streak to the former World No.3.
“I have more experience, and I’m more positive on court. I have learned many things in the last five years, so I’m just trying to be the best version of myself every time I step on court and to fight to the end because I really want to win every match I play,” Halep said.
In all, it was a glittering day for the former World No.1, striking 26 winners to 16 unforced errors, converting four of seven break point opportunities, and winning more than half of return points played over two sets.
Standing between the No.7 seed and a first Wimbledon crown will be 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who defeated Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2.
For her performance, Halep will be awarded GBP 1,175,000 (USD 1,491,874), Romanian media inform.