Shenzhen Open: Simona Halep comes from behind to beat Duan Yingying to reach quarter-finals

first_imgSimona Halep warmed up for the upcoming Australian Open in the best possible way as she rallied past China’s Duan Yingying to reach the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China on Wednesday.Securing her top rank and top seeding going into the first Grand Slam of the year next week, Halep trumped Duan 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.Halep hit 21 winners in the match and won five out of the eight break points to prevail over the Chinese.ALSO WATCHHalep was caught off guard early on by Duan’s big hitting but the world No.1 turned the match on its head by breaking Duan twice in the second set to force the match into the decider.Troubled by a thigh problem late in the match, Duan took a medical timeout and returned for the decider with her left thigh heavily strapped.Halep, who battled past Duan in their previous meeting in Eastbourne last year, took advantage as Duan struggled to find her rhythm and raced to a 5-0 lead. She then subdued a late fightback to seal the win in 97 minutes.”I knew that she is playing really hard and hitting every ball. I knew I had to be strong on my legs,” Halep said.”After the first set I was thinking I have to find rhythm, to stay closer to the baseline and open the court better, which I did… It was a very tough match.”Halep’s compatriot and fourth seed Irina-Camelia Begu overcame Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. She was joined in the quarter-finals by Czech Katerina Siniakova who beat China’s Wang Yafan 7-5, 6-3.advertisement(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more