Romanian tennis player, Simona Halep, 1st WTA, has defeated Elise Mertens (Belgium, 16th WTA) 6-0, 6-3 on Tuesday, at Madrid Open, to reach the last sixteen round.
Halep clearly dominated the match, winning the first set 6-0. In the second set, Mertens tried to counterattack, but the only thing she has succeeded was to win three games.
The World No.1 has made it to the final at the Caja Magica in three of the last four years, taking a 13-match winning streak into the second round this week. That streak was put to the ultimate by Mertens, winner of the Samsung Open presented by Corner in Lugano and the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, wtatennis.com informs.
With two Fed Cup wins in between, the Belgian was riding a 13-match winning streak of her own, setting the stage for an intriguing clash on Court Manolo Santana.
“I knew she’s coming with a lot of confidence,” Halep said after the match. “I had to start very strong and aggressive, which I did. After I played few games, I felt really good on court. I felt very confident that I can win that match.”
Halep responded with the form that allowed Ekaterina Makarova just one game on Sunday, rolling out to a 6-0, 3-1 lead before Mertens, suffering from a GI illness that forced her to withdraw from doubles – could sink her teeth into the match.
“I think I played well again. It’s the second match of the tournament. I have a great feeling. It was a nice match, and I take it like an important one because I played against a girl that won two tournaments on clay so far this year,” Halep said.
Ultimately the top seed proved too strong, ending the match after one hour and 11 minutes behind 23 winners to just 18 unforced errors.
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