Halep cruises, Wozniacki beaten by Kasatkina

Daria Kasatkina

World No 1 Simona Halep continued to look the part at Roland Garros on Monday, but there was a shock defeat for second seed Caroline Wozniacki.

Wozniacki resumed her fourth-round clash with Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina on Monday morning after it was suspended due to poor light the previous evening.

The Dane needed to try and dig herself out of a hole after dropping a fiercely contested first set in a tie-break. Both Wozniacki and Kasatkina had claimed three breaks during the set, but it was the Russian who edged the tie-break to seize the initiative.

With play resuming on Monday at 3-3 in the second set, still on serve, many expected Wozniacki to come out firing and force a decider.

But it was not to be. Instead it was 21-year-old Kasatkina who piled on the pressure in the eighth game, earning a string break points and finally converting the third to take a 5-3 lead.

From there, she served out the match with ease to secure a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory and advance to her first ever Grand Slam quarter-final, where she will take on 10th seed Sloane Stephens.

It was a far different story for Halep, who powered into the last eight courtesy of a 6-1, 6-2 win over Belgium’s Elise Mertens.

Mertens had no answer to Halep’s pace, power and skill on the day, and the match was all over in an hour.

Halep moves on to face the winner of the match between seventh seed Caroline Garcia and 12th seed Angelique Kerber.

The onslaught started early for Mertens, who found herself fending off a flurry of break points in her second service game.

Halep would find the breakthrough after a lengthy battle, and then had Mertens under more pressure a couple of games later, with another break following for a 5-2 lead.

Halep served out the first set with ease, and then went straight for the jugular at the top of the second, earning two straight breaks for a 3-0 advantage.

By the time Halep earned her third break of the set to lead 5-0, Mertens just looked like she wanted to get off the court.

To everyone’s surprise, Mertens somehow conjured up a break in the next game to get her name on the scoreboard, but it proved to be just a momentary blip. Halep went straight back on the offensive, earning another break point which Mertens tamely surrendered with a double fault to bring the match to a hasty conclusion.

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