When it comes to a Grand Slam event,there must be no room for mistakes. Winning such an event requires more than being an extraordinary player. A seven match run in less than two weeks has to be a race with your inner self. And it might not be enough ! In the women`s singles, Simona Halep is quite on the right path. Despite not playing a warm-up event on grass, the Romanian player ranked as world no.

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5, has already qualified in the second week at Wimbledon. So far, her opposition was unable to put up a proper fight. Halep won 3 matches without losing a set. It is quite a solid foundation to build something big - maybe bigger than that 2014 Wimbledon semifinal run.

A tough match ahead.

In the 4th round match, Halep will face Madison Keys, the newest WTA top 10 figure. Keys 9 WTA has already won a tournament on grass prior to Wimbledon.

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Her game seems fit to this particular surface. A huge service game such as she has might be pivotal. Halep might walk through difficult moments during this encounter. According to the WTA official site, regarding head to head statistics, these two Tennis players fought against each other on two occasions with both meetings dating back in 2014. Keys won the first one in Sydney, but Halep bounced back later that year in Rome.

It will be a great encounter. Keys is a great player, with a solid serve, and also powerful groundstrokes, while Simona Halep is well-known for her tremendous defensive skills.

How to weaponize a defensive style.

Halep possesses an unorthodox style. Her amazing footwork puts extra pressure on the opponents shoulders. Yesterday`s match against Kiki Bertens  was a vivid expression of this fact. The Dutch player (26 WTA) was coerced to play an extra ball in order to annihilate Halep`s defensive wall. It was the key of the match, with Bertens unable to survive the pressure.

It is the second time this season when Halep`s strategy paid off. A couple of months ago, In Madrid, she managed to turn the tables in her favor by using the same strategy against Samantha Stosur or Dominika Cibulkova. When Halep is 100% fit, she covers the ground so well so that her opponents are forced to play in a riskier manner, closer to the lines making the possibility of an error higher than usual.

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