Romania's tennis ace Simona Halep, one win away from world No.1

Posted July 12, 2017

Next up on Centre Court is second seed Simona Halep, who will become the first Romanian woman to reach world number one if she beats sixth seed Johanna Konta, the first British woman in the quarter-finals for 33 years.

She steps onto Centre Court third. The Romanian showed a dominting display during the tiebreak she sealed at the first chance when Azarenka sprayed a forehand wide. Halep is still healing her wounds from defeat in the French Open final.

The intensity moved up a notch in the third set before Konta broke in the fifth game and held her nerve to serve the match out. Today she was a few points from taking over the top ranking before capitulating.

Konta couldn't hide her frustration when told of Halep's unsympathetic attitude.

Halep was obviously distracted by the call and looked to umpire Kader Nouni to rule the point to be replayed. I'd like to win every round in straight sets. I think until this year he hasn't played so well on the grass himself. Because he said, We can not replay. "I'm not expecting it to be emotional but I am expecting a battle". In my opinion, the public was very fair.

But he said: "Jo's the one I'm most pleased with". But the rest was nice atmosphere. He spent a bit of time on court with one of my pros, played some golf with me and seemed to enjoy his visit. The crowd has to be loud for the opponent because is from the country.

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"I don't know what can I say to you?"

"I've always believed in my own ability".

Clearly laying down her bid for an appearance in any future celebrity version of Great British Bake Off, Konta said: "If I've got time, it will be a chocolate chip and banana muffin".

Asked if female players could only gain greater popularity with more exposure, Mr Lewis pointed to the last three women's rounds, which will have days without men's singles matches on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. "She's very much in form and playing very, very well, she'll definitely challenge me". I continued to trust in the fact that what I was doing was going to bring me good things. "Sometimes maybe he tried (coaching), but I don't know. I'm close, so I have just to keep working". I think we experienced it a couple of times in the match.

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Usually that's a good principle to follow, but when it's windy let the ball bounce and then hit your overhead.

Her parents introduced her to tennis at the age of eight and she started to play at an after-school club.

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Querrey, the USA 24th seed who knocked out Novak Djokovic in 2016, made the quarter-finals for a second successive year with a 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (13/11), 6-3 over unseeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

She was a semi-finalist three years ago and reached the final of the recent French Open at Roland Garros.

"I'm sure she's confident and determined". As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at majors. "And he wasn't even playing - he was just warming up".

Being in a Slam semi-final is nothing new for Konta - she defeated Williams in her opening round at the Australian Open in 2016 on her way to the semi-final. "But right now I'm in the quarterfinal stage". But who is the star of British women's tennis?

"Karolina is an exemplary athlete on and off the court and she truly deserves this fantastic moment in her career", WTA CEO and chairman Steve Simon said in a statement.

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