Simona Halep needed three sets on Sunday, but the Romanian managed to get the upper hand over Poland’s Iga Swiatek (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) in the round of 16 of the Australian Open. Seed number 2, Halep will face Serena Williams, who qualified earlier, in the quarterfinals.
But a forehand foul quickly cost him his serve in the second set. Realizing that she was being too passive, Halep put more weight into her ball. Swiatek’s level of play dropped a notch. Unforced errors were piling up. Impeccable on service (only four points lost), the seeded 2 pocketed the second set in 26 minutes (6-1).
A double fault gave Halep the break in the third set. A start from Swiatek allowed him to come back to height (2-2) but a completely redacted service game (three ugly unforced errors) annihilated this effort. From 4-2, the Romanian did not let go, showing above all much more regular than her opponent.
Dominating Iga Swiatek, Simona Halep won the 100th Grand Slam match of her career.
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