Halep eases through fourth round at Roland Garros, Svitolina fights hard

Jonathan Hernandez
June 6, 2017

It was a big relief for Simon Halep who advanced to the quarterfinal of the French Open by beating Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday.

Halep is one of the favorites to win the title in Paris and swept aside her 21st-seeded opponent in exactly one hour.

Svitolina will face Romaninan third seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep for a place in the semi-finals. If she had won that point, she would have served for the victory.

Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and two runners-up will complete their fourth-round matches on Monday at Roland Garros.

Halep will play fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the last eight after the Ukrainian beat Croatia's Petra Martic 4-6 6-3 7-5. She won in two straight sets, but it doesn't reflect the match as a whole. "I just try to find myself into this zone where I don't do much unforced errors and still play aggressive". "Each match I feel like I played better", said Murray, who lost in last year's final.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova has made hard work of things so far on her least favourite surface but is still alive after a 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Veronica Cepede Royg.

But Garcia, once tipped as a future world number one by Andy Murray, got her revenge in the best possible way with a 6-2 6-4 win to reach her first grand slam singles quarter-final.

"I didn't like it when I saw the video (of the Cahill pep talk), I felt ashamed about what I did", said Halep.

World No.3 Karolina Pliskova overcame an very bad start to beat Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarters for the first time.

Cilic was leading 6-3, 3-0 on Court Suzanne Lenglen when Anderson quit.

He will face either eighth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan or Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the last eight.

"Looks like one of the top four guys" is going to end up grasping the champion's Coupe des Mousquetaires, seven-time major titlist John McEnroe observed.

Cahill called it quits until the duo were reunited just in time for the build-up to the French Open where the 26-year-old reached the quarter-finals today.

After Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova lost Sunday, the French Open - which is missing Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka - is guaranteed of producing a first-time grand slam victor. Paris also in the last few years.

Chan Yung-jan's bid for a first Grand Slam women's doubles title remained on track on Sunday, while fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei crashed out of the tournament.

French Open quarter-finalist Simona Halep is relishing her reunion with coach Darren Cahill after a brief split due to her poor on-court attitude.

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