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Cincinnati | Halep secures her third round place

Cincinnati | Halep secures her third round place

The rain hit Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, is still fighting to get back on schedule with three matches held over from the previous day having to be completed with the weather still causing problems.

Top ranked Simona Halep, required five minutes to complete her match against qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic before returning to the court for an evening match against another Australian, Ashleigh Barty for a place in the quarter-finals.

I have learned that I don't have to give up, because anything can happen Simona Halep

She needed just eight points to complete a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory.

The Romanian appeared to have aggravated her back earlier in the match taking a medical time out after falling 0-3 behind in the third set but returned to take control and level at 3-3 when the rains came on Wednesday.

“I have learned that I don’t have to give up, because anything can happen,” she said after her win.

Madison Keys followed her on court to take on the Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and successfully brought to an end the run of five straight defeats she has suffered at the hands of the German champion.

Using her powerful forehand to great effect she came through 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4 against the fourth seed. She hit 35 forehand winners, including the match-ending shot to secure her first Cincinnati quarter-finals.

Amanda Anisimova beat qualifier Petra Martic 6-4, 6-3 in the third match suspended overnight.

In other third round matches Aryna Sabalenka upset the sixth seed Caroline Garcia 6-4 3-6 7-5 while Elise Mertens, seeded 15, proved no match for the third seeded Sloane Stephens dispatching her 7-6(8) 6-2.

Meanwhile Petra Kvitova kept her excellent run going with a resounding 6-4 6-2 win over Kristina Mladenovic and Lesia Tsurenko took out Ekaterina Makarova 7-6(5) 6-2

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