Former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep defeated retired Belgian Kirsten Flipkins 7-5 6-4 on Thursday to advance to the third round of Wimbledon.
The 36-year-old Philippines, playing her 50th and final Grand Slam, had a 5-2 lead in the first set and a 4-1 lead in the second, but the 2019 champion completed the victory on both occasions. In straight seats
It was Romania’s Halep’s sixth win in as many matches against the Philippines and the two hugged each other long after the match on the net as Belgium began to cry at the end of his singles career.
Retired Belgian four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters watched from the stands, the Philippines weeping and dropping his headband on the court before saying goodbye to the grass as the crowd applauded warmly.
Servo had seven intervals in the opening set, but it was the 16th seed Halep who came to the top against the Philippines, who won his biggest Grand Slam at Wimbledon when she reached the semi-finals in 2013.
The 2018 French Open champion suffered an early break in the second set but bounced back twice to break his opponent’s serve in one hour and 23 minutes.
Halep’s next fight for a place in the fourth round of the Grasscourt Major will be against Magdalena Freich of Poland, ranked 92nd.
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