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Simona Halep follows Wimbledon win with Romania Olympic honor

The Championships - Wimbledon 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - July 13: Simona Halep of Romania with the trophy after her victory against Serena Williams of the United States during the Ladies Singles Final on Centre Court during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

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New Wimbledon champion Simona Halep appears set to be a flag bearer at the 2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony after a smile and nod from the president of Romania’s Olympic Committee.

Halep discussed the idea at a press conference in Bucharest on Monday, with the Olympic official Mihai Covaliu standing behind her. Covaliu was asked to confirm and obliged, according to Romanian reports.

Halep’s primary goal since winning her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 French Open is an Olympic medal. She repeated that desire after sweeping Serena Williams in Saturday’s final at the All England Club.

Halep skipped the Rio Games, citing Zika virus concerns three weeks before the Opening Ceremony. She did play at the 2012 London Games, losing in the first round when she was ranked No. 48.

Halep, who is friends with Romania’s most famous Olympian, gymnast Nadia Comaneci, would not be Romania’s first Olympic tennis medalist.

Florin Mergea and Horia Tecău took men’s doubles silver in Rio.

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