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Simona Halep cruises past Paula Badosa to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals

Simona Halep is living up to her status as the only former Grand Slam champion left in this year’s women’s draw.

The Romanian defeated fourth-seeded Paula Badosa 6-1, 6-2 on Centre Court to return to the Wimbledon quarterfinals and extend her winning streak at the All England Club to 11 matches.

The 16th-seeded Halep won the title in 2019 but missed last year’s edition with an injury, while the 2020 tournament was canceled because of the pandemic. This was, however, Halep’s first victory over a top-five ranked player on grass.

The former No. 1, who also won the French Open in 2018, has yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and consistently got the better of Badosa in the baseline rallies. She concluded with only nine unforced errors and saved the only break point she faced.

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Badosa’s loss means No. 3 Ons Jabeur is the only top-10 seed left in the women’s tournament.

Elena Rybakina, meanwhile, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time after beating Petra Martic 7-5, 6-3.

The 17th-seeded Rybakina broke in the final game of the first set and then again for a 4-2 lead in the second. She concluded with 26 winners to 13 for her opponent.

Rybakina reached the French Open quarterfinals last year, when she made the fourth round at Wimbledon in her first appearance at the All England Club.

Martic was playing Wimbledon for the 10th time but has never been past the fourth round. Rybakina will next play Ajla Tomljanovic, who defeated Alize Cornet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday.

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