Sport Halep books fourth-round spot with battling victory over Petkovic

20:10  02 june  2018
20:10  02 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Halep survives early scare to dispatch Riske

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Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro struck 44 winners on his way to a 6- 4 6-3 6-2 victory over French veteran Julien Benneteau, who made his final The Romanian, twice runner-up at Roland Garros, will meet Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the third round . 1240 CILIC books third round spot .

The American has won both of their meetings, including a 6-1 6-1 victory over Georges at Roland Garros in 2010. The Romanian, twice runner-up at Roland Garros, will meet Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the third round . 1240 CILIC books third round spot .

simonahalep - cropped: French Open top seed Simona Halep © Provided by Omnisport French Open top seed Simona Halep

Simona Halep completed a battling opening week at the French Open with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Andrea Petkovic, securing the top seed's place in round four.

The world number one has not had a simple passage into the latter stages of this year's clay-court grand slam, with Petkovic putting in a valiant display on Court 18.

A straight-sets victory looks comfortable on paper but there were still errors in Halep's game that Petkovic should have punished.

From the outset Halep was aggressive and on the attack, her forehand a particularly potent weapon that kept her opponent pinned behind the baseline.

Halep breezes past Townsend

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Halep hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the seventh time in her last nine tries. Halep has won nine of her last 11 matches on clay court. Fix those two areas, and Petkovic has a shot to get her biggest victory in quite some time. Petkovic has 11 career wins over top-10 players, but

World number one Simona Halep eased into the third round of the French Open with an emphatic straight-sets victory over Taylor Townsend. Halep had to come from a set down to beat Alison Riske on. Djokovic battles through to book Verdasco showdown.

However, her radar was not always working and too often she fired long, or dropped into the net with Petkovic on the run.

First blood actually went the way of the German as Halep was broken in her first service game, Petkovic applying pressure with deep groundstrokes and quickly-taken volleys.

It strangely worked in Halep's favour as she turned up the intensity, and with the score at 4-4 she got what should have been a crucial break – secured with a booming forehand down the line that Petkovic could not return.

When serving for the set Halep was wasteful from the baseline despite dictating play, however two games later she made no mistake to move ahead.

Serena fights back, Halep strolls in Paris

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Round four awaits for French Open favourite Simona Halep after beating Daria Kasatkina in straight sets in Paris on Saturday. Halep 's battling qualities were superb as she never gave Kasatkina an easy point and having saved those break points she found another gear to close out the match.

The pre-tournament favourite gained an early advantage in the second before Petkovic needed treatment to a jarred right knee, the world number 107 returning with extensive strapping.

Her game was noticeably hampered by the problem – even when the tape had been ripped off – which enabled Halep to control proceedings well from the baseline.

It quickly became a one-sided affair and Halep raced into the second week and a meeting with Elise Mertens.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Halep [1] bt Petkovic 7-5 6-0

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Halep – 19/17
Petkovic – 17/28

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Halep – 1/4
Petkovic – 0/4

BREAK POINTS WON
Halep – 6/11
Petkovic – 2/2

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Halep - 61
Petkovic - 79

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Halep – 60/66
Petkovic – 49/23

TOTAL POINTS
Halep - 70
Petkovic - 48

'No one died' but Halep must grasp another major opportunity .
Simona Halep does not want to dwell on her grand slam final record but she must put it right in Paris this weekend.A nonchalant Simona Halep said "no one died" when asked about her miserable grand slam final record but more heartbreak in Paris on Saturday will surely be too much to take.

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