Simona Halep Wimbledon 2019 forehand

Simona Halep has “way more pressure” says Wilander about her Wimbledon opportunity

Former World No.1 Simona Halep won’t have many chances to win Wimbledon says 7 time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander but this year is one of them.

Simona Halep goes into today’s Ladies singles Quarter Final knowing that the draw could be perfect for her but she still has to win under intense pressure according to Eurosport’s renowned tennis commentator Mats Wilander.

Wilander says of Halep’s chances, “Simona Halep is looking very good, it’s probably the best I’ve seen her play on grass to be honest. She is a little more aggressive than she has been, her serve is a bigger weapon – Zhang could be the perfect draw on paper, but at the same time, Halep simply has to win and the pressure is on her.”

He went on to comment, “Simona Halep won’t have too many chances to win Wimbledon because of the way she plays and this is one of them. That pressure is way more than at the French Open where her game is much more suited to clay and she knows she will most likely win eight times out of ten. It’s a big draw for Simona and she could have a good chance to go through.”

Halep plays her quarter final against Shuai Zhang today on Court No.1 knowing that her opponent holds a 2-1 winning advantage over her. The Chinese player has in fact won their last two encounters but they haven’t played since 2016 and both those wins were on hard courts.

If Halep wins she will progress to a semi-final against either Karolina Muchova or Elina Svitolina. Wilander commented on this by saying, “Simona Halep would then play Muchova or Svitolina and would have to win that too, perhaps then she has to reach the final because of the way the draw has been presented to her.”

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