London: Romania’s Simona Halep swept into her first Wimbledon semi-final with a crushing 6-4, 6-0 victory over former finalist Sabine Lisicki on yesterday.
The World No 3 dismissed German 19th seed Lisicki, beaten by Marion Bartoli in the final 12 months ago, in just 57 minutes on Centre Court.
Halep plays a return shot to Sabine Lisicki. Pics/Getty Images
“I played my best today and I was enjoying every moment. It was incredible to be on Centre Court.
“It was just my second time,” Halep said.
“She had a 4-1 lead but I came back well after that. I’m really happy I could win.
Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is ecstatic after her win over Angelique Kerber yesterday
“I have more confidence now and the secret is just to enjoy every match. I feel happy on court and I’m moving well.”
Since losing in the Wimbledon second round last year, Halep has enjoyed a rapid rise up the rankings from 32nd 12 months ago to her current lofty position of third and now she stands on the verge of breaking new ground back in south-west London.
Bouchard, who will rise to number eight in the world next week to equal the record high ranking achieved by a Canadian, will face Halep today for a place in the final.