WTA Tour

Halep has top spot in her sights with Cincinnati win

2017-08-18 11:00
Simona Halep (Getty)

Cincinnati - Romanian second seed Simona Halep stayed on track for a tilt at the world No 1 spot with a 6-4 6-3 third-round win over Anastasija Sevastova at the Cincinnati Open on Thursday.

Former No 1 Caroline Wozniacki and ex-No 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova also reached the last eight.

Sixth seed Wozniacki of Denmark stopped the impressive run of 21-year-old Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 to reach the tournament's quarterfinals for the fourth time.

Eighth-seeded Kuznetsova of Russia joined them in the last eight by beating Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-4. 

Halep reached the last eight in Cincinnati for the fifth straight year, contesting the final in 2015 and the semi-finals last year in the hard court run-up to the US Open. 

She can leapfrog Karolina Pliskova as world No 1 by winning the title claimed last year by the Czech, who was taking on Italian Carla Giorgi later on Thursday. 

Halep trailed 4-2 in the opening set against Latvia's 15th-seeded Sevastova, who was aiming to take a set off the Romanian for the first time in their last four meetings. 

But Halep reeled off the last four games to take the set, helped by Sevastova's unforced errors on crucial points, and won the first three games of the second set on her way to victory. 

"The match felt quite tough, it was not easy at all," Halep said. "I won against the 15th player in the world playing not as I want. It's a big thing, and I'm really happy about it."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Laver Cup scores among fans

2017-09-23 20:22

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.