Simona Halep powered past Victoria Azarenka at Wimbledon before declaring it her finest performance of the year.
It was an intriguing clash on Centre Court between two former world number ones, and Azarenka actually started the better.
However, Halep soon wrestled control of the match before taking it away from the Belarussian, eventually winning out 6-3, 6-1.
“I’m very satisfied,” said Halep. “I think was my best match this year. I played really well. I felt actually very confident.
“I’ve been aggressive all the match, even if I was 3-1 down first set.
“I expected a tough one. I expected she’s going to play well and she’s going to hit strong, so I knew that.
“I was ready for the match. I’m really happy that I could win against a player as Vika because she’s a great one.”
Simona Halep wins 11 of the last 12 games to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1 and reach the 2nd week at #Wimbledon.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) July 5, 2019
Azarenka, by comparison, appeared to think that she had lost it with her performance rather than Halep doing anything special to win it.
“I don’t really know what happened,” Azarenka said.
“I started couple games feeling pretty good and stuff and just couldn’t find the court.
“I missed just way too many easy shots, and those things you can’t afford, you know, against players, against top players.
“I mean, not really against anybody, but against top players, when you hit, like, a meter from the net and you miss the ball, you’re not going to win.
“I didn’t give myself that chance. I created all the opportunities. I didn’t give myself a chance.
“To come out and play like that on Centre Court, very, very disappointed. She kept being solid, taking everything that I was giving, and I gave her a lot.”
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