In a much-anticipated rematch of Amanda Anisimova quarterfinal win over Simona Halep last year at the French Open, it was the Romanian getting the upper hand today in a total 6-0, 6-1 destruction.
“I took the game in my hands,” said Halep after the 54-minute win. “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 and she plays great. So today I think I did a great job changing a little bit the tactic.”
Halep finished with 15 winners to 7 unforced while Anisimova won just 4 of 21 points on second serve and tossed in 32 unforced errors.
Halep will take her 17 match win streak into Sunday against Iga Swiatek who ousted Eugenie Bouchard. A year ago, Halep blew out the Pole 6-1, 6-0.
Kiki Bertens, a potential Halep quarterfinal foe, advanced past Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-2. She’ll now face Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan. The noisy Trevisan backed up her win over Coco Gauff by upsetting Maria Sakkari 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-3.
In the bottom quarters, Elina Svitova is set to meet Caroline Garcia. Garcia held on to beat Elise Mertens in a tough three sets.
Argentine Nadia Podoroska and Barbora Krejcikova will also meet for a quarterfinal spot.
On Saturday, Petra Kvitova collides with the young Canadian talent Leylah Fernandez. Former champion Garbine Muguruza duels Danielle Collins. Former champion Jelena Ostapenka and Australian winner Sofia Kenin are also in action for the end of the third round.
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