WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — In a roundabout way, Simona Halep is finally getting a chance to defend her Wimbledon title.
And she's picking up right where she left off.
Halep won the title at the grass-court Grand Slam in 2019, but she missed a chance to play as reigning champion in 2020 because the tournament was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. She then missed a second chance last year because of an injured left calf.
"That was the perfect match of my life," Halep said of her straight-set victory over Serena Williams three years ago. "Now I'm playing really well. I'm feeling confident that I feel the game the way I felt back then."
The 16th-seeded Halep extended her winning streak at the All England Club to 12 matches and reached the semifinals for the third time by beating Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-4 Wednesday on Centre Court.