Halep defends Brady at Rogers Cup, to face Kuznetsova
No 4 seed Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has qualified in the eights of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday night after defending No 76 Jennifer Brady 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) in in two hours and 26 minutes match.
The reigning champion of Rogers Cup, Halep has had a shy start of the match, with the American Brady winning the first set in 40 minutes. Brady led the match 3-0 at some point, but Halep managed to tie the game.
“It was a very, very tough one,” Halep said, during her post-match press conference. “I expected it because I knew that she’s going to serve big and also the forehand is big.”
“I was tired in the third set,” admitted Halep, as quoted by wtatennis.com. “I felt the Achilles since the first point of the match. But it’s normal after a break, and also coming on the hard courts. It’s very difficult for the ankles and also for the knees. But I’m happy to go through, and hopefully tomorrow I will be okay.”
“I’m really pleased with the way it was today, the fact that I fought till the end,” said Halep. “Even if I was 4-0 up, then I lost five games in a row, it was a little bit tough at that moment, but I felt that I have energy to turn it around and to win it.”