Title contender and fast becoming the favourite to lift this year’s women’s trophy at the French Open, the third seeded 25-year-old Simona Halep eased into the fourth round at Roland Garros with a straight sets win over Daria Kasatkina.
I played really well at the beginning, She was coming back really strongly and I think my energy went a bit down... She's a really tough opponent. Simona Halep
The Romanian swept through the opening set in 27-minutes but faced some opposition in the second before completing her 6-0 7-5 victory after saving four set points.
“It’s nice to be in Paris in the fourth round,” Halep, the 2014 runner-up said, adding: “I played really well at the beginning, She was coming back really strongly and I think my energy went a bit down… She’s a really tough opponent.”
She was a doubtful starter last Sunday but she has seemingly overcome the ankle injury she picked up in the Italian Open final.
Halep will face Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals the Spaniard, seeded 21 and twice a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, eased past Russian 14th seed Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-4.
Meanwhile France have three players in the last 16 for the first time in 23 years but two of them face each other in the next round thereby guaranteeing a French quarter finalist for the first time since Marion Bartoli in 2011.
The two are Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia who by all accounts, are not the best of friends!
Cornet pulled off an excellent win over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska defeating the ninth seed 6-2 6-1 to make the fourth round for the second time in her career while Garcia, seeded 28, makes the fourth round of a Slam for the first time with a 6-4 4-6 9-7 win over Taiwan’s world number 109 Hsieh Su-Wei, Jo Konta’s conqueror.
“I think the crowd is going to be excited,” Cornet said of the impending clash. “We will try to give them a good show, a good game. The crowd support is like a bonus, an extra energy.”
In the other half of the draw Caroline Wozniacki finished off American teen Catherine Bellis in their rain-delayed match to win 6-2 2-6 6-3 and book a fourth round showdown with 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Venus Williams also defeated Elise Mertens in straight sets.