Wimbledon: Simona Halep enters last eight


Former champion Simona Halep swept past fourth-seeded Paula Badosa to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the fifth time on Monday. Halep won 6-1, 6-2 in just one hour as her Spanish opponent’s game fell apart with 21 unforced errors. The Romanian, who was champion in 2019, has yet to drop a set at the tournament.

Seeded 16 this year, she will face either Amanda Anisimova of the United States or France’s Harmony Tan for a place in the semi-finals.

Ajla Tomljanovic reached her second straight Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday, beating French veteran Alize Cornet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Both players struggled to win their service games in a match featuring 16 breaks of serve. Cornet, who ended top seed Iga Switek’s 37-match winning streak in the previous round, took the first set.

But Australia’s Tomljanovic, ranked 44, levelled the match and broke four times in the decider to seal the win, setting up a quarter-final against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.

Harmony Tan’s dream run at Wimbledon — which started with a win against Serena Williams — came to an end on Monday when she lost her last-16 match against Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-3. The unseeded French player, who crushed British wild card Katie Boulter 6-1, 6-1 in the previous round, was no match for the American, who was not broken once. Anisimova raced into a 5-1 lead in the first set before being briefly held up by Tan, ranked 115 in the world.