WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Simona Halep's serve was working, her returns were landing, and the points were piling up fast.
That's a pretty good combination for a player who just advanced to the quarterfinals by winning her 11th straight match at the All England Club but says she is still trying to get back to her best tennis and regain the confidence she lost while injured.
“I worked really hard in the past two, three months. I’m really happy with all that I’ve done,” said Halep, who won the Wimbledon championship in 2019 but missed defending her title last year “I got the confidence. I really feel this is my game. I’m pushing myself to do it as much as possible. I want to improve still.”
It'll be tough to improve on Monday's display on Centre Court.
The 16th-seeded Halep advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the fifth time by beating fourth-seeded Paula Badosa 6-1, 6-2. She lost only eight points on her serve and saved the only break point she faced. On the other side of the ball, the Romanian won 30 of the 55 points served by Badosa.