Sport Halep protects number one spot after Keys withdrawal in Rome

13:56  17 may  2018
13:56  17 may  2018 Source:

Halep romps to Osaka rout in Rome

  Halep romps to Osaka rout in Rome Naomi Osaka defeated Simona Halep at Indian Wells earlier this year, but she could not get close to the world number one on Wednesday.World number one Simona Halep made a sublime start to the Internazionali d'Italia with a brutal 6-1 6-0 defeat of Naomi Osaka.

Ahead of that challenge, the 30-year-old American will be hoping for a more telling workout against Azarenka after a limpid semifinal in which Romania's Halep failed to offer any kind of challenge.

Simona Halep 's season ended on a disappointing note with an early exit in Singapore, but the Romanian believes she has made great strides.

SimonaHalep - cropped: World number one Simona Halep © Provided by Omnisport World number one Simona Halep

Simona Halep has retained her world number one ranking without stepping on court on Thursday after Madison Keys' withdrawal at the Internazionali d'Italia saw her reach the quarter-finals.

The Romanian could have been displaced by Caroline Wozniacki had she failed to reach the last eight and the Dane gone one round further than her.

But Keys had to pull out of their third-round contest due to a rib injury, giving Halep the walkover and ensuring she cannot be toppled at the summit.

Halep will face the winner of the match between Sloane Stephens and Caroline Garcia in the last eight.

Halep outlasts Sharapova in break-heavy Rome semi .
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.World number one Simona Halep reached her first WTA Tour final since January at the Internazionali d'Italia on Saturday, defeating three-time former champion Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-1 6-4 in an erratic last-four clash.

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