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Wimbledon 2017: Simona Halep advances, Caroline Wozniacki crashes out

Simona Halep ended Victoria Azarenka’s hopes of becoming the first mother in 37 years to win Wimbledon with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 fourth round victory on Monday.

tennis Updated: Jul 10, 2017 23:48 IST
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Simona Halep defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 to enter Wimbledon 2017 quarters.
Simona Halep defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 to enter Wimbledon 2017 quarters. (Twitter )

Simona Halep sent new mum Victoria Azarenka packing 7-6(3) 6-2 in the fourth round on Monday as a litany of second-set errors put paid to the Belarussian’s dreams of a fairytale Wimbledon comeback.

Azarenka, playing in her second tournament after the birth of her son Leo in December, out-hit and out-thought the second-seeded Romanian for much of a pulsating first set, mixing deep groundstrokes with frequent dropshots and forays to the net.

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But the two-times semi-finalist at the All England Club began to flag in the first-set tiebreak, losing it 7-3 before conceding the next five games.

A mini fightback pegged the second-set deficit back to 5-2 before another Azarenka backhand groundstroke error saw Halep home in just under 90 minutes, keeping alive the Romanian’s hopes of a maiden grand slam victory and an ascent to the world number one ranking.

(Read | Angelique Kerber out of Wimbledon 2017, loses top ranking)

Halep will face Britain’s Johanna Konta in the quarter- finals.

Wozniacki turfed out by big-hitting Vandeweghe

Danish fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki was sent packing from Wimbledon on Monday, succumbing 7-6(4) 6-4 to the relentless big-hitting of American Coco Vandeweghe.

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The last-16 match pitted Vandeweghe’s power against Wozniacki’s consistency. The American, ranked 25, was more aggressive and took more risks, and her strategy paid off - she fired 38 winners across the net compared with her opponent’s 16.

There was little between the players in the first set, which Vandeweghe edged in the tiebreak, cheered on by her Australian coach Pat Cash, a former Wimbledon champion.

She closed out the match with a break at the end of the second set, forcing an error from the 26-year-old Wozniacki with a ferocious cross-court forehand.

By reaching the quarter-finals, the 25-year-old Vandeweghe has matched her best performance at the All England Club. She will face Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova, ranked 87.