Former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep fought again from deficits in each units to defeat retiring Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 7-5 6-4 on Thursday and energy into the third spherical at Wimbledon.
The 36-year-old Flipkens, who’s enjoying in her fiftieth and closing Grand Slam, had a 5-2 lead within the first set and a 4-1 benefit within the second however the 2019 champion rallied on each events to finish the victory in straight units.
It was the sixth win for Romanian Halep towards Flipkens in as many matches and the duo hugged one another for a very long time on the web after the match because the Belgian burst into tears as her singles profession got here to an finish.
With retired Belgian four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters watching from the stands, Flipkens continued crying and left her headband on the court docket earlier than kissing the grass goodbye as the group gave her heat applause.
Within the opening set there have been seven breaks of serve, nevertheless it was sixteenth seed Halep who got here out on prime towards Flipkens, who achieved her best Grand Slam success at Wimbledon when she reached the semi-finals in 2013.
The 2018 French Open champion suffered an early break within the second set however bounced again to interrupt her opponent’s serve twice to wrap up the competition in a single hour 23 minutes.
Halep will subsequent face Poland’s 92nd ranked Magdalena Frech for a spot within the fourth spherical of the grasscourt main.