8/17/2018 9:09:52 PM

Halep, Svitolina score catch-up wins in Cincy

Halep, Svitolina score catch-up wins in Cincy
Cincinnati: Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina advanced efficiently after a day of rain interruptions, both seeds reaching the quarter-finals of the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters in straight sets

Top seed Halep came from a break down in each set to overhaul Australian 16th seed Ashleigh Barty  7-5, 6-4.

Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fifth, beat 16-year-old American prodigy Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-4.

Men were also working to conclude third-round matches, with  Belgian 11th seed David Goffin upsetting Wimbledon finalist and sixth seed Kevin Anderson  6-2, 6-4.

Anderson exited with just nine aces, dropping his serve three times.

Halep set up a quarter-final clash with Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko with her second win in six days over Barty. She beat the Australian in the semi-finals in Montreal an her way to the title there.

"It was a tricky match, she was a tough opponent," Halep said. "It was difficult to find rhythm today. "We were both in trouble during the match. I'm happy to go through and tonight I have another match."

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