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Halep vs Zhang Wimbledon QF Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Halep seeks second Wimbledon semi-final

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 9 Jul 2019
  • Simona Halep vs Shuai Zhang is live from Wimbledon on Tuesday, 9 July from 1:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST
  • Zhang has beaten Halep in two of their three previous meetings
Simona Halep (Photo: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)

Simona Halep attempts to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for just the second time in her career when she takes on China's Shuai Zhang on Tuesday. 

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Halep has made the quarter finals at Wimbledon four times in the last six years, but only once has she got into the last four, back in 2014, when she was beaten by Eugenie Bouchard.

The Romanian has improved as the Wimbledon draw has progressed, beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Victoria Azarenka and Cori Gauff to make the quarter finals. She needed to fight back from 2-5 down in the second set against Sasnovich, saving a set point before winning 6-2 7-5, while she recovered from the loss of the second set to beat countrywoman, Buzarnescu, 6-3 3-6 6-2 in the second round.

Halep produced what she termed her 'best match of the year' to take out Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-1 in the third round, while she followed it up with a very fine 6-3 6-3 victory over American young gun, Cori Gauff. 

15-year-old Gauff had been the main attraction at Wimbledon through the first week- she became the youngest player in the Open Era to qualify for Wimbledon, and continued her exploits in the main draw with victories over Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog- but Monday's meeting with Halep proved a step too far for the young gun; her superb run terminated by a very efficient performance from former world No. 1, Halep.

The Romanian struck 17 winners and just 14 unforced errors, compared to Gauff, who offered up 29 errors. Halep was also solid behind her first serve, winning 76% of points on that delivery, while she constantly put Gauff under pressure on return- the American winning 53% and 38% of points behind her first amd second serves rspectively.

"I think it was a great match. She has potential to be a very good player soon," said Halep. 
"12 years ago I was at juniors. It's a huge thing that she's able to play in the fourth round of Wimbledon. It's a great performance. I think if she keeps going, she will be Top 10 soon."

Halep improves to 33-10 for the season, and will attempt to reach just her fourth semi-final of the year on Tuesday. She made finals in Doha and Madrid, semi-finals in Miami, and quite a few quarter finals as well- Dubai, Roland Garros, Eastbourne, and now, Wimbledon.

The Romanian is trying to win her first title since last August, and that quest continues when she plays Chinese, Zhang in the quarter finals.

Zhang had never won a match at Wimbledon in her five previous main draw appearances, but she has launched a remarkable turnaround this year, putting together four wins to reach the quarter finals.

The 30-year-old has come through some really tough players in her draw, opening with a 6-4 6-0 victory over former top-ten star, Caroline Garcia, following it up with a 6-3 6-2 win over former US Open semi-finalist, Yanina Wickmayer, before taking out former world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2 in the third round.

Zhang dropped her first set of the tournament in the fourth round against Dayana Yastremska, but she hit back to win 6-4 1-6 6-2, and move into a Grand Slam quarter final for the second time in her career, and for the first time since the 2016 Australian Open.

“Today was a really close match and a really great match. Dayana, she played really well," an elated Zhang said. "Before the first win, first round, I never think I can make quarterfinal here, because before this year I never win any match singles here," she continued. 
"I just try my best, because every opponent very strong. And also, they played really well before at Wimbledon - [it's been] an amazing week for me”.

Zhang is into her first quarter final of the season, with her other noteworthy results this year being third round runs at the Australian Open and Eastbourne, where she played herself into some decent grass-court form with victories over Katie Swan and Daria Gavrilova. The world No. 50, who has been as high as 23rd in the world, has not won consecutive tour-level matches this season outside Melbourne, Eastbourne and Wimbledon, but she did reach an ITF final in Anning back in April.

Zhang has a winning record against Halep, beating the Romanian at the Australian Open and Beijing in 2016, after losing an Indian Wells meeting four years earlier.

The Chinese has got the power to hit through Halep, and the confidence to execute after a strong opening week, but Halep has raised her game in the last couple of rounds, and looks in the mood for a really deep run in London.

Simona Halep vs Shuai Zhang is live from Wimbledon on Tuesday, 9 July from 1:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST

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Halep vs Zhang Wimbledon QF Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Halep seeks second Wimbledon semi-final

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