Simona Halep, in the second round at Wimbledon – Solid evolution, clear victory in 64 minutes

“I had emotions,” Simona said at the end of the game. Halep won categorically (6-3, 6-2) the confrontation with a quarterfinalist from the last edition of Wimbledon, Karolina Muchova. Champion in 2019, Simona Halep qualified for the second round of the All England Club.

Simona HalepPhoto: Kieran McManus / Shutterstock Editorial / Profimedia

To know:

Kirsten Flipkens (190 WTA) passed in two sets, score 7-5, 6-2, to the Australian Jaimee Fourlis (150 WTA) and will be the next opponent of Simona Halep from Wimbledon.

To qualify for the second round, Simona Halep will receive a check for £ 78,000 ($ 96,000).

No points are awarded at this edition of Wimbledon (due to the misunderstanding between the WTA / ATP and the organizers of the All England Club on the subject of banning athletes from Russia and Belarus from the third Grand Slam of the year).

Who is Kirsten Flipkens

Kirsten is 36 years old, born on January 10, 1986. She is 1.65 meters tall and is a right-handed player. He earned a total of $ 5,907,003 from tennis and is currently ranked 190th in the WTA (the best ranking in his career was 13th in August 2013).

Rather known for her doubles results (she won 5 tournaments: Seoul 2016, `s-Hertogenbosch 2017, Linz and Lugano 2018 and Mallorca 2019), Flipkens has only one singles title (Quebec City 2012) and has reached three others finals (‘s-Hertogenbosch 2013 and 2018 and Monterrey 2016).

Simona Halep – Kirsten Flipkens 5-0

Halep and Flikpens met five more times, and our sportswoman won every time.

2016, US Open: 6-0, 6-2 for Halep

2014, Cincinnati: 6-4, 6-2 for Halep

2013, `s-Hertogenbosch: 6-4, 6-2 for Halep

2011, Fes: 7-5, 6-4 for Halep

2010, Tokyo – Pan Pacific: 6-4, 6-0 for Halep.

Simona Halep – Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2, in the first round at Wimbledon

6: 2 Simona finds another spectacular pass: with the forehand in the short cross. Halep prolongs the rallies and wins. The return is aggressive and deep: there are three match balls for Halep. After 64 minutes, Simona closes the match and qualifies for the second round at Wimbledon.

5: 2 Karolina sends a short, and Simona doesn’t arrive. The Czech player tried to change his tactical approach a bit. Attacked, Simona finds a fantastic passing with her lapel along the line, and then raises her fist. Against the short of effect, Halep wins the game. There have been two spectacular performances, the audience is delighted with what they saw. Simona is one game away from qualifying in the second round.

4: 2 Simona also has some chance at a return: the net band was on her side. The exchange is prolonged, and Halep wins (30-30, from 30-0). Karolina’s forehand frame, and Simona has a 5-1 ball.

The break ball is canceled by Muchova with a spectacular volley, from a not very comfortable position. In the end, the Czech wins the game, it is 4-2 for Simona.

4: 1 At a time when she had an advantage in the rally, Simona completely misses a forehand drive volley. But Karolina also gives gifts: 30-15. The service continues to be high today: 40-15. Muchova directly sends the winner with the return – the ball caught the corner of the field. Simona is 4-1.

3: 1 Muchova starts the game with a double mistake. Make 0-30 after another error. Karolina then sends an ace. An inspired counterattack by Simona: they are break balls. Halep makes a gift from the return, what a chance he missed. Another missed opportunity: he did not change the direction of the shot, and Karolina closed the point with a forehand volley.

The third break ball in this game appears. Simona does not open the opponent’s angles, and on the first shorter ball she steps forward and closes the game with a volley.

2: 1 Muchova misses a volley near the net, but it was more of a forced error. On a low ball, Simona makes a mistake with the forehand: it was difficult to lift the ball from that position, maybe a slice would have been more appropriate.

When she tries to accelerate with the forehand, Karolina sends a lot into the car. One sees frustration after such an error. On a counterattack, Muchova slipped and lost the point.

A new mistake by Simona on the forehand, they have multiplied a bit lately. However, he makes his game after serving very well (2-1).

1: 1 Karolina continues to serve well (two points earned exclusively with this shot). A longer rally follows, and Simona wins. The error came from the backhand for Muchova. However, the Czech woman does not have big problems: the service helps her again. Coming to the net, Simona closes the point with a lapel on the counter-foot. But it was a game won by Karolina only with the service.

1: 0 The second set started with Simona at work. Simona puts a lot of effect on the forehand and keeps Karolina away from the baseline. He then comes with a straight along the line (30-0). So far, the offensive game is coming out for Simona. The service also helps her, there are three game balls, and Muchova looks a little lost towards her own box after a game lost to zero.

6: 3 Superb pass from Simona, loud applause from the stands. Muchova feels the pressure and makes a double mistake: there are two set balls for Halep (15-40). Simona closes the set with style: wonderful passing in short cross: 6-3 after 31 minutes.

5: 3 Simona has so far a percentage of 79% on the first service and quickly goes 40-0, and then closes the clearest range since the launch she had so far.

4: 3 The most spectacular point so far belongs to the Czech: she broke the rhythm with a short, and then closed the rally along the line. Loud applause from the stands. Muchova is increasingly stepping into the net and has a very safe volleyball game. Muchova were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favor of the wings.

4: 2 Muchova makes enough gifts in this debut of the match: he sends in the car (quite big) a forehand at a time when half the field was free. It is rematched along the line. Simona returns with an aggressive diagonal backhand. After 20 minutes, Halep leads 4-2.

3: 2 Simona falls on a counterattack from the middle, but it doesn’t seem to be anything serious. She resumes the match and signals that she is fine. Halep plays a lot of cross, on the opponent’s forehand, and Karolina makes a mistake. Muchova finds support in the service, a weapon that helps her in this game. So far, because he’s just making a double mistake.

Again the service is a reliable help (sent impeccably to the outside), and Karolina wins a game in which she did not play at a fantastic level.

3: 1 Muchova used their ability to concentrate their attacks in the middle of the pitch, rather than on the wings. The Czech woman comes to the net, but at the moment Simona is more inspired by the net. Your service helps Halep in a difficult time. The 2019 champion hangs at 3-1 on the table.

2: 1 Halep wins six points in a row: sends long and high with the return. Even seven consecutive points, there are three break points.Coming to the net, Karolina wins the point with an impeccably controlled forehand volley. A change from the net is up to Simona, and she makes the break.

1: 1 The game started badly for Simona (0-30), but our athlete managed to come back and equalize to 1 on the table.

0: 1 The match started with Muchova at work. The Czech sportswoman serves very well, and the game returns to her without much hassle.

The two athletes have never met on the world circuit before.

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What does Simona Halep’s virtual route at Wimbledon 2022 look like

Round I: Karolina Muchova

Round II: Kirsten Flipkens

Round III: Camila Giorgi

Optimi: Paula Badosa / Petra Kvitova

Quarters: Karolina Pliskova / Coco Gauff / Amanda Anisimova / Serena Williams

Semifinals: Iga Swiatek / Garbine Muguruza / Jessica Pegula / Barbora Krejcikova

Final: Anett Kontaveit / Ons Jabeur / Maria Sakkari / Emma Răducanu.