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Citi Open: Halep abandons match vs. Makarova, Niculescu defeated by Goerges

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, 2nd WTA, abandoned on Friday the match against Ekaterina Makarova at the score of 2-6, 6-3, 1-0, in the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament in Washington.

No.7 seed Ekaterina Makarova booked the first spot into the Citi Open semifinals after Simona Halep found herself having to retire early in the third set.

A day ago, Halep had to mount a comeback after dropping the first set to an in inspired Mariana Duque-Mariño, who hit one of the best shots of the year against Halep in her 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat.

But against Makarova on Friday, Halep couldn’t find enough left in the tank after dropping the second set to Makarova, retiring at 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 citing heat illness and sending the Russian into the semi-finals.

The World No.2 took a wildcard into the Citi Open to start her North American hardcourt season early – a move that would boost her hopes of becoming the WTA World No.1. Halep couldn’t overtake current No.1 Karolina Pliskova this week, but a run to the final here would have put the top ranking in play next week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, wtatennis.com informs.

Also on Friday Monica Niculescu was defeated by 4th seeded Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4.

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