Simona Halep qualified for the quarterfinals of the WTA 250 grass field tournament in Birmingham, England, with a total prize pool of $ 251,750 on Wednesday, after beating British Harriet Dart 6-3, 6-2 . Sorana Cîrstea also goes in the quarterfinals, after 6-1, 6-1 with the Serbian Aleksandra Krunic.
Halep (30 years old, 20 WTA), the second favorite, it took only 62 minutes to get the victory.
Simona Halep, champion at Wimbledon in 2019, had defeated Dart (25 years old, 106 WTA) and in their only previous match, in 2020 at the Australian Open, in the second round, 6-2, 6-4.
Dart, who finished with an ace and 5 double faults, started well and led 2-0, but then lost the next five games, with Halep winning 6-3. Dart also led in the second act, with 1-0 and 2-1, after which Simona (5 aces and a double mistake) tied five balls in a row, winning 6-2.
Halep secured a $ 6,200 check and 60 WTA points, and will play in the quarterfinals against another British woman, Katie Boulter, who defeated Caroline Garcia (France) 7-6 (5), 6-1. This will be the first duel between Halep and Boulter (25 years old, 141 WTA).
Easy qualification for Sorana Cîrstea in the quarterfinals
Sorana Cirstea she qualified without problems in the quarterfinals of the tournament, on Wednesday, after beating the Serbian Aleksandra Krunic 6-1, 6-1.
Cîrstea (32 years old, 36 WTA), the sixth favorite, needed an hour and 12 minutes to get the victory. The Romanian never lost her job, saving the opponent’s only break ball.
Sorana is now 3-1 in the direct matches with Krunic (29 years old, 103 WTA), which she also defeated in 2011 in Tashkent, in the eighth, with 6-3, 6-4, and in 2019, in the eighth in Budapest, 6-3, 6-3. Krunic qualified in Cincinnati in 2017, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-4.
Cirstea secured a check for $ 6,200 and 60 WTA points, and her next opponent will be Catherine McNally (USA) or Donna Vekic (Croatia).
On Thursday, in the eighth, Gabriela Ruse will play against the Chinese Shuai Zhang, the number eight seed.
Monica Niculescu and Gabriela Ruse started with a victory in the doubles event of the Birmingham tournament
The Romanian couple Monica Niculescu / Gabriela Ruse qualified for the quarterfinals of the WTA 250 grass tennis doubles tournament in Birmingham, England, with a total prize pool of $ 251,750 on Wednesday after 7-5, 3-6, 10-3 with couple Vivian Heisen (Germany) / Samantha Murray Sharan (UK).
Niculescu and Ruse won after one hour and 36 minutes.
The Romanians controlled the first set, then Heisen and Murray Sharan dominated the second act, in order to lead Niculescu and Ruse in one super tiebreak from one end to the other. However, the difference was small in the total number of points, 68-66 for the winner, informs Agerpres.
Niculescu and Ruse secured a check for $ 2,350 and 69 WTA points in doubles.
In the quarterfinals, Monica and Gabriela will meet the winners of the match between the main favorites, Elise Mertens (Belgium) / Shuai Zhang (China), and the Americans Catherine Harrison / Sabrina Santamaria.
Editor: Liviu Cojan
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