Tennis, Apia International Sydney: Simona Halep defeats Caroline Garcia to reach quarter-finals
Romanian tennis player Simona Halep (1st seeded, 2nd WTA) has defeated on Tuesday Caroline Garcia (France) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 at the Apia International Sidney tennis tournament to qualify to the quarter-finals. After a balanced first set, won by Halep 6-4, the second set was dominated by the French tennis player and Simona Halep could not find her good shape, a set won by Garcia 6-2. In a surprising turn of form, the Romanian tennis player improved her playing in the decisive set, clearly dominated by Halep: 6-1. We should note that at the end of the second set Halep requested the intervention of the medical staff for her Achilles injury.
In the next round, Halep will face Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic), 5th seeded, who defeated Anastasia Paviuchenkova (Russia) 6-2, 6-0.
For qualifying in the quarter-finals, Halep will cash in a cheque for USD 19,660 and will receive 100 WTA points.
The tournament in Sydney grants total awards amounting to USD 687,900.
After having to withdraw from the Brisbane International last week, Simona Halep pledged she would do everything she could to play the Apia International Sydney this week, wtatennis.com reports.
And she’s ready to play – she discussed her Achilles injury. “I’m feeling much better than I did in Brisbane,” Halep, the No.1 seed in Sydney, declared. “It’s difficult to treat an Achilles problem – it’s the toughest part, I think – but I’ve practiced a few days in a row now, almost full practices, and I did some points, so I’m feeling ready to start this tournament. “I don’t feel pain anymore, but I want to see how it will be during an official match.”
Garcia rallied from 5-3 down in the first set to win her first round match against Kristina Mladenovic on Sunday afternoon, 7-6(4), 6-4.