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Sport Simona Halep looks every bit the French Open favorite, routs Amanda Anisimova

03:10  03 october  2020
03:10  03 october  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

Top seeds Halep, Pliskova into last eight in Rome

  Top seeds Halep, Pliskova into last eight in Rome Simona Halep and defending women's champion Karolina Pliskova both eased into the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Friday. Top seed Halep rallied from 3-0 down in the first set to see off Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in a 7-5, 6-4 victory that took one hour and 28 minutes. "Big picture, I think it was a great match and gives me confidence that even in these conditions with a big hitter that I could win in two sets," said Halep. The two-timeTop seed Halep rallied from 3-0 down in the first set to see off Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in a 7-5, 6-4 victory that took one hour and 28 minutes.

Simona Halep dropped just one game as she downed Amanda Anisimova in the French Open third round. Halep , the 2018 champion, next faces Poland’s Iga Swiatek at Roland Top seed Simona Halep charged into the French Open fourth round with a 6-0 6-1 win over Amanda Anisimova .

Simona Halep speaks with Tennis Channel following her third round win over Amanda Anisimova at Roland Garros 2020.

Simona Halep began the French Open as the favorite. She’s consolidated that status through the first week.

Simona Halep hitting a ball with a racket © Getty Images

Halep aced her first seeded test of the tournament, dumping No. 25 Amanda Anisimova 6-0, 6-1 in a 54-minute third-round match. A year ago, an 18-year-old Anisimova stunned Halep 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals to end the Romanian’s title defense.

On Friday, Halep played like retribution was on her mind. She committed just seven unforced errors to Anisimova’s 32.

Halep to meet Muguruza in Rome semi-final

  Halep to meet Muguruza in Rome semi-final Top seed Simona Halep and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza set up a semi-final clash in the Italian Open on Saturday, a battle of former French Open champions before Roland Garros. Ninth seed Muguruza has reached the semi-finals in Rome three times, but the Spaniard has never advanced to the finals. Halep has twice finished runner-up in Rome in 2017 and 2018, and "really wants to win" the tournament."It's one of the biggest goals now," she said. "I love Rome, I love Italy, and every time I have a chance I come on holiday here, so I feel really good when I play here in Italy.

2019 French Open . Venue: Roland Garros , Paris Dates: 26 May-9 June. Coverage: Daily live text and radio commentary on the BBC Sport website and American teenager Amanda Anisimova reached the semi-finals of the French Open with a straight-set win over defending champion Simona Halep .

Anisimova , 17, stuns French Open champion Simon Halep to book semi-final place at Roland Amanda Anisimova is the youngest French Open semi-finalist since 2006 She looked far more composed than her esteemed opponent Simona Halep Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova produced a stunning performance to defeat defending

“I felt motivated,” the No. 1 seed said. “I took the game in my hands. Last year I was very far from the court, and I played fairly short so she could play her game. When she has time, and she has the ball in the right position, she is very, very dangerous.”

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Halep hasn’t dropped a set in three matches as she seeks a third Grand Slam singles title in as many years. She next gets 54th-ranked Iga Swiatek of Poland.

Halep became a bigger favorite at Roland Garros before play began after 2019 champion Ash Barty and recent U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka announced they would not play.

With Serena Williams‘ withdrawal Wednesday, Halep is the only player left in the top half of the draw who has made a major final.

“I don’t feel the pressure,” Halep said. “I’m not thinking about title.”

Clay queen Halep firm favourite for French Open after winning streak

  Clay queen Halep firm favourite for French Open after winning streak Clay queen Halep firm favourite for French Open after winning streak(Reuters) - Simona Halep is heavily favoured to add a second French Open title to her Grand Slam cabinet, brimming with confidence on the back of a 14-match winning streak and fighting fit having skipped the U.S. hardcourt season due to COVID-19.

Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Amanda Anisimova (USA) in the 2019 Roland Garros Quarterfinal Match Point.

American Amanda Anisimova reached the French Open semifinals after knocking out defending champion and world No. 3 Halep 6-2 6-4 in Paris. (CNN) As her down-the-line backhand flew past Simona Halep , 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova dropped her racquet to the side, put her hands on

She has been lights-out since competition picked up back in the summer, winning both of her tournaments. Both happened to be on clay. She skipped the U.S. Open, staying in Europe and focusing on the terre battue.

“I feel my game very well,” Halep said Friday. “I feel that I can stay forever on court.”

Also Friday, Rafael Nadal continued his dominant march toward a potential 13th French Open title and 20th Grand Slam singles title to tie Roger Federer‘s male record. Nadal swept Italian Stefano Travaglia 6-1, 6-4, 6-0. He gets American Sebastian Korda in the fourth round on Sunday.

“I don’t feel that I am that dominant,” said Nadal, who has dropped an average of six games in three matches. “The result says, but the game is another story. Every single match is a challenge.”

Korda, the 20-year-old son of 1998 Australian Open champ Petr Korda, became the youngest U.S. man to reach the fourth round since Michael Chang in 1991. He defeated a fellow qualifier, Spaniard Pedro Martinez, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Tennis: Birthday girl Halep sails through after slow start

  Tennis: Birthday girl Halep sails through after slow start Tennis: Birthday girl Halep sails through after slow startThe former world number one, who won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2018, took her unbeaten run to 15, dating back to her Dubai victory in February shortly before the professional circuit shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amanda Anisimova stunned third-ranked Simona Halep in the quarterfinals at the French Open , cruising in straight sets to a 6-2, 6-4 victory. The win was Anisimova 's first against a top-five player, and it secures her first trip to the semifinals at a major championship. The 17-year-old will next face

American teenager Amanda Anisimova reached the French Open semifinals by upsetting defending champion Simona Halep After her fourth-round victory, Anisimova referred to her "effortless shots," and they sure looked that Anisimova , the junior runner-up at Roland Garros as a 14-year-old, is

No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem marched into the fourth round by sweeping dangerous clay-courter and 28th seed Casper Ruud of Norway 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. Thiem, the 2018 and 2019 French Open runner-up, next gets French wild card Hugo Gaston. Gaston knocked out 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

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