Seventh seed Simona Halep squeezed past fellow Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 4-6 6-2 in one hour and 51 minutes to reach the third round of Wimbledon 2019.
It was a low-quality match that included as many as 14 breaks of serve that constantly shifted the momentum. After losing the first-set slugfest, the 31-year-old Buzarnescu won four games in a row from 0-2 in the 47-minute second set to keep her hopes of an upset alive. Even though Halep leveled back to 4-4, the world No.53 Buzarnescu recorded another break and the match was to be decided in the third set. This time Halep built a 3-0 lead and after another exchange of breaks it was eventually the former world No.1 who celebrated victory by breaking Buzarnescu at love.
The 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist Halep should definitely raise her level if she plans to win more matches this fortnight. Today she was helped by Buzarnescu’s 44 unforced errors.
Awaiting Halep in the third round will be Victoria Azarenka, who crushed Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 6-0 earlier on Wednesday. The last time the Grand Slam champions Halep and Azarenka faced each other was at Wimbledon two years ago, when Halep won 7-6(3) 6-2, but it was only the Belarusian’s second tournament since giving birth to son Leo.
Fashion info: After debuting Nike’s white lace dress in the first round, Halep switched to separates in her second match at Wimbledon 2019 — the pleated Nike Fall Victory London Skirt and coordinating tank.
Get women's tennis updates to your inbox.