"Very special to be back" - Halep enjoying return to Wimbledon after 3 years
Halep saved the sole break point she faced against Badosa, and dropped just two points on her first serve on her way to a first career triumph over a top-five opponent on grass.
Simona Halep last played at Wimbledon in 2019 when she won the event. Last year it was an injuyr that prevented her from playing and being back at Wimbledon is special for her. She is proving it by playing usperb tennis:
“I missed a lot to play Wimbledon, three years, so it’s a lot. It’s very special to be back. Yesterday I was on the court (for Centre Court’s centenary celebrations) with all the champions and it was amazing. Actually I was more nervous yesterday than today. It’s always a pleasure to come back and to have the chance to play on Centre Court. It’s a beautiful court and always I try to give my best.”
Halep further added:
“Definitely it was the place that I wanted to be today. I think I played a great match; it’s always tough to play against her, she’s a great player. I was nervous before but I enjoyed a lot to be back on Centre Court in front of this beautiful crowd.”