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

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Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns to Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia in a Women's singles match during day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday

"I fought hard in the first set, even if I knew I was 4-1 and she was hitting hard, I knew she would hit with a lot of power".

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

Former world number one Simona Halep reached her second Wimbledon semi-final after overcoming an early onslaught to deliver another textbook example of matchplay tennis and dispatch China's unseeded Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4) 6-1 on Tuesday. That looked set to be 5-1 but Halep battled and chased to save four break points in a key game that lasted over 10 minutes and turned the match.

Serving for the place in the semis, Simona held at 30 with a forehand victor, taking the set 6-1 and staying on the title course.

Halep beat Gauff 6-3, 6-3 on Court 1, ending the teenager's dream of becoming the youngest ever Wimbledon victor.

Although Gauff saved a couple of match points on her serve - one with another wonderfully nonchalant volley - Halep eventually ensured her Wimbledon adventure came to an end, for this year at least. The Romanian will now face Elina Svitolina or Karolina Muchova and her chances of reaching the final at Wimbledon are better than ever, all that after a mediocre season in the first part of the year.

Strycova will play either compatriot and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova or Britain's French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta in Tuesday's quarter-finals.

"I am not comparing myself with past year". Halep is hugely experienced and considering her recent form, the Romanian will be very tough to stop.

Besides winning two major titles, Muguruza also rose to the No. 1 ranking in 2017. During the win, Simona Halep served exceptionally well. After beating teenage sensation Coco Gauff in straight sets, Halep will take on Zhang Shuai of China in the quarterfinals.

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