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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

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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