Simona Halep squeezes through to Prague Open quarter-finals

Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep reached the quarter-finals of the WTA Prague Open after grinding out a three-set win in opposition to Czech doubles specialist Barbora Krejcikova on Thursday.

The lacklustre Romanian world quantity two overpowered the 118th-ranked Krejcikova Three-6, 7-5 and 6-2 in two hours and 5 minutes in her second post-lockdown match.

On a scorching scorching Thursday afternoon and behind closed doorways, the 28-year-old Halep struggled together with her proper shoulder which affected her function she piled up ten double faults and gave away seven breaks.

She was 2-Zero down within the third set however then gained six video games in a row after lastly regaining composure as Krejcikova misplaced a lot of the resolve she had proven earlier within the match.

Within the quarter-final, Halep will face Poland’s Magdalena Frech, the world quantity 174.

Halep already struggled in her first match on the event, a 150-minute three setter in opposition to Slovenia’s Polona Hercog.

Halep pulled out of the primary post-lockdown WTA event in Palermo final week over virus considerations, and is but to make a last determination whether or not to play on the US Open later this month.

The event in Prague is Halep’s first journey overseas since February as she spent the lockdown in her native Romania.

Inside safety measures, the gamers and employees are all staying in a single eight-storey resort reserved for the event.

Common temperature checks are a should, similar to face masks which the gamers must put on except they’re enjoying, coaching or consuming.

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