Osaka, Halep into Gippsland final eight By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Naomi Osaka in motion on the Day on the Drive exhibition occasion

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka prolonged her successful streak to 13 matches on Wednesday however solely after driving out a stiff problem from Katie Boulter to beat the Briton 3-6 6-3 6-1 and attain the quarter-finals of the Gippsland Trophy.

Prime seed and world quantity two Simona Halep later had a extra routine passage into the final eight of the Australian Open warm-up with a 6-2 6-4 win over German Laura Siegemund.

French Open champion Iga Swiatek crashed out of the event with a 6-4 6-2 loss to Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, whereas British fifth seed Johanna Konta was edged 4-6 6-7(10) 6-7(4) by Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in a Courtroom Seven marathon.

Osaka is enjoying her first WTA event since securing her second title at Flushing Meadows in September and stated she was grateful for Wednesday’s exercise after a cushty win over Alize Cornet in her season-opener on Tuesday.

“I could not have requested for a greater preparation match,” Osaka, the second seed, informed reporters.

“That is one thing I could not observe. So I am very proud of the way it went, truly. Although it was lengthy, I feel there are numerous issues that I discovered on this match.”

Boulter beat American Coco Gauff within the second spherical and one other upset appeared on the playing cards when she matched Osaka’s power-hitting to take the opening set on Margaret Courtroom Enviornment.

Osaka raced to a 3-0 lead within the second set however the 24-year-old Briton wouldn’t fold and had break factors to place the stanza again on serve.

The 2019 Australian Open champion upped her return recreation to stage up the match earlier than working away with the third set and sealing a final eight tie towards Begu.

Third seed Elina Svitolina additionally got here from behind to see off Jelena Ostapenko 6-7(4) 6-3 6-2 and arrange a quarter-final date with Belgian Elise Mertens.

Halep appeared each inch the Grand Slam champion within the opening set of her match towards Siegemund however misplaced her manner when her serve faltered and she or he was damaged at first of the second.

The Romanian, whose final official event was the French Open final October, spent a while muttering to herself on the baseline however regathered her composure and broke the German twice to safe the victory.

“I am actually proud of my victory immediately and I am blissful to be again right here,” the previous French Open and Wimbledon champion stated.

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