Tennis Simona Halep feels love for grass after Wimbledon wins...

Simona Halep feels love for grass after Wimbledon wins over Zhang Shuai


Simona Halep says she has found another love for grass after beating Zhang Shuai into the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Halep sealed his place in the last four for only the second time at the All England Club with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 victory on Tuesday.

Elina Svitolina stands in the way of 2018 French open champion and a first finals at SW19.

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Seventh Seed Halep revealed that she feels much more at home on a surface she has struggled in the past.

Asked what she had learned from a last fourth defeat to Eugenie Bouchard five years ago, said the former world number one: "I am another person. Everything has changed.

"I have a lot of experience now, I'm more confident I love grass. It's the first time I've said it.

"I think it's a big challenge for me, the next fight, but I'll take it as if I took every fight since I'm here. I'm relaxed, I'm happy. I'm motivated to win."

Quizzed about her love for the surface, she said, "I started to feel more comfortable in court, I don't even slip into this tournament. Hopefully I'll be the same in next match.

"It's a little dangerous when you play on grass because your feet aren't as stable as you are on a hard court or canvas. That's why I prefer these surfaces.

"But now I began to feel it getting in my hands, getting it in my legs, and also in my mind, which is very important."

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