Halep through, Cibulkova knocked out

Simona Halep advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open while Dominika Cibulkova was knocked out on Tuesday.

Third seed Halep battled past 2015 US open finalist Roberta Vinci 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(2) on the clay courts of the Spanish city.

It was Vinci who drew first blood, breaking Halep to go 3-2 up but the diminutive Romanian rallied to break back twice and take the opening set.

A tense second set saw Vinci nail a number of winner to earn a double break as she went on to force a deciding set.

The tension continued into the third, where the par swapped breaks on the way to a tiebreaker. Unfortunately, this is where the wheels came off for Vinci, as a series of unforced errors gave Halep a handful of match points.

Halep faces 2011 US Open winner Sam Stosur in the third round after the Australian defeated Mariana Duque-Marino 6-3, 7-5.

Later in the day, fourth seed Cibulkova was ousted by Oceane Dodin of France 6-2, 6-4. The Slovakian dropped no less than five service games during the clash as she was bundled out by the world number 63.

Elsewhere, in an all-Chinese clash, Qiang Wang edged compatriot Saisai Zheng 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

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