Simona Halep reaches the Wimbledon semi-finals with a crushing straight-set victory over Zhang Shuai
- Zhang Shuai lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals of SImona Halep
- Zhang broke Halep's first service game, but was broken back in 7-6 first set losses
- The Romanian then secured a double break in the second to win it 6-1
- Halep meets either Elina Svitolina or Karolina Muchova for a place in the final
Money magazine Forbes once shot there were two ways to join the exclusive All England Club: either copy the duchess of Cambridge and marry a prince or win Wimbledon.
Simona Halep, the tallest seed back in the ladies, knows which way she is planning to go about. She wants to win the prestigious SW19 tournament for the first time.
No. 7 Seeds Halep became the first woman to reach the semifinals on Tuesday by beating Zhang Shuai, a 30-year-old who had never been outside the first round earlier.
Simon Halep secured a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals by beating Zhang Shuai 7-6, 6-1
World No. 34 Zhang made a flying start to the fight, keep serving and then break Halep
The Romanian triumphed 7-6, 6-1 in an hour and 27 minutes on the Court No. 1 before explaining in her press conference after the match why she would like the Wimbledon membership.
"I've always seen greens here, the flowers, the fact you have to play in white," she said. & # 39; All walls you see the masters. When you get to Center Court, you see the trophies.
"It's something special. It's a very elegant tournament that brings a positive mood all the time.
"It's really impressive to win this tournament because you become a member of this tournament, so it would be great, honestly."
In the semi-finals, Halep comes to Elina Svitolina, No. 8, who avoided a disturbance to the well-known Czech Karolina Muchova on the Court No. 1.
Halep reached the semifinals in Wimbledon five years ago and lost 7-6, 6-2 to Eugenie Bouchard. The 27-year-old was asked to recall that defeat on Tuesday.
"No," she said, asking the question briefly and smilingly. & # 39; It's a new year, new edition, so I don't want to think about the semifinal. I'm another person. Everything changed.
The former World No. 1 fought back to win three straight games and level sets
Halep was looking to match his best Wimbledon semi-finalist performance in 2014
"I have a lot of experience now. I'm more confident. I love grass – this is the first time I say it.
"I think it's a big challenge for me, my next fight. But I want to take what I took every fight since I'm here. I'm relaxed. I'm happy. I'm motivated to win."
Halep beat 4-1 at a stage in the opening set, but fought against Zhang, World No 50, which is more specialist in double than singles.
Svitolina had to do the same. World No. 68 Muchova led 4-1 and earned the first set of 5-4, but the Ukrainian complained to her to take responsibility.
World No. 8, living in London and whose coach Andrew Bettles is British, is now set for his first semifinal in Grand Slam at the age of 24.
"It is an incredible achievement to win Wimbledon, to win the Grand Slam," she said.
"But you have to work for it. There are no easy ways. You have to overcome your fears. You have to beat the opponent. There is plenty of work still ahead of me. & # 39;
The Romanian didn't look comfortable at times and was second best in the opening set
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