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21:32  11 july  2019
21:32  11 july  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

Simona Halep's Wimbledon win propels her up the world rankings while Coco Gauff joins the top 150 after magical SW19 debut

Simona Halep's Wimbledon win propels her up the world rankings while Coco Gauff joins the top 150 after magical SW19 debut Simona Halep's Wimbledon championship has lifted her from No. 7 to No. 4 in the WTA rankings, and runner-up Serena Williams moved up to No. 9.

Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena © Getty Images Simona Halep, the 2018 French Open champion

Simona Halep rated a straight-sets demolition of Elina Svitolina as one of her best performances on grass and says she can move to another level in the Wimbledon final against Serena Williams.

Halep cruised into her first championship match at the All England Club with an emphatic 6-1 6-3 defeat of eighth seed Svitolina on Centre Court.

The 2018 French Open champion says she has grown to love grass and has no fear of facing Williams, who will be out to equal Margaret Court's record tally of 24 grand slam singles titles on Saturday.

Halep has lost her last five matches against the American, but feels well-equipped to gain revenge when she becomes the first Romanian woman to play in a Wimbledon singles final.

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"I have played many matches against her. Many of them were very close," said the former world number one.

"I have learned that I have a chance. Now I believe that I have my chance to win against her. Of course, I respect what she has done and what she's doing.

"But now I feel stronger mentally facing her. We will see what is going to happen. It's just a big challenge for me."

She added: "I want to focus on what I can do better. So I have a few things that I want to do better in the next round - I need to do better.

"But at least I'm in the final, so I will not put pressure on myself. I just want to plan what I have to play in the final, then to enjoy it."

Calm before the storm? Halep stands between Serena and Court landmark

Calm before the storm? Halep stands between Serena and Court landmark Serena Williams's place among the legends of tennis is assured but her mission will not be accomplished unless she at least equals Margaret Court's record haul of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. 

Halep was a cut above WTA Finals champion Svitolina and says there is more to come.

"She was really strong. She didn't give up a point. The rallies were very long and very powerful, as well. It was really tough to stay there," Halep added.

"But I knew that I was prepared to fight for every ball. I played many times against her, and I knew that she doesn't let the rhythm drop.

"I had to be there, I had to be strong. Today I think it was one of the best matches on grass."

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Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena
Confident Halep feels better-equipped for SW19 showdown with Serena

Murray to play alongside Serena.
Andy Murray will play alongside Serena Williams in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon, the Scot's management team have announced. The American and the Scot talked up the idea of joining forces during their pre-tournament press conferences on Saturday. And after Serena started her quest for an eighth singles title at the All England Club with a straight-sets victory over Giulia Gatto-Monticone, the 37-year-old teased journalists during her post-match press conference. "I am just going to see how I feel today. I don't know, I am still in the singles mode, figuring that out. "We'll see.

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