Simona Halep completed the Wimbledon 2017 quarterfinal field by beating Victoria Azarenka, whose fourth-round showing can be considered a great achievement, given that this is her first Grand Slam since pregnancy leave. With world No.1 Angelique Kerber losing to Garbine Muguruza earlier today, Halep has a good chance of climbing to the top of the WTA rankings, as she’s now just one victory away from that feat.
Azarenka held a 2-0 and then a 4-2 lead in the opening set, but Halep recovered to force a tiebreak, eventually winning the set with the stats showing she’s won just one point more than Azarenka. In the lopsided second set, Halep raced to a 5-0 lead and even though Azarenka then won two consecutive games and saved four match points, the Romanian second seed capitalized on her fifth match point, 7-6(3) 6-2, and reached the quarterfinals where she’ll face sixth seed Johanna Konta, who defeated Caroline Garcia 7-6(3) 4-6 6-4 to become the first British woman to make the Wimbledon last eight since 1984.
With the WTA fourth-round action completed, the other quarterfinal pairs are: Garbine Muguruza  vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova , Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Coco Vandeweghe  and Venus Williams  vs. Jelena Ostapenko .