Shenzhen - Czech tennis player Katerina Siniakova caused an upset in
the second round of the Shenzhen Open by beating second seed Simona Halep of
Romania in three sets on Wednesday.
In a match lasting over two hours, the unseeded Siniakova
battled past Simona Halep 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to set up a quarter-final clash against
Nina Stojanovic of Serbia.
In the opening set, Siniakova started by holding serve then
breaking Halep to lead 4-0 and even though she dropped her serve a game later,
the 20-year-old Siniakova did enough to claim the set 6-4.
Halep fought back in the next set breaking her opponent's
serve three times despite dropping her own twice to claim the set 6-4 to set up
a deciding set.
The final set was dominated by service breaks, seven in
total, and while serving for the match at 6-5 Siniakova saved three break
points to win the set and match 7-5 after claiming it on her second match
In other second round results, Siniakova's quarter-final
opponent Stojanovic beat Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, Czech Republic's
Kristyna Pliskova hammered Chang Kai-Chen of Taiwan 6-1, 6-2 while Italian
Camila Giorgi needed over three hours to battle past Zheng Saisai of China
6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4.