Simona Halep, Anett Kontaveit start marketing campaign on a profitable observe

Simona Halep and Anett Kontaveit, the highest seeds on the Transylvania Open, began off on a profitable observe as they reached the second spherical on Wednesday. High seed Halep defeated compatriot, Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and 13 minutes.

Halep received 83% of her first-serve factors to Ruse’s 53%. She additionally received 55% of her second-serve factors to her opponent’s 40%. The previous world no. 1 saved the one break level she confronted whereas taking 4 of the eight break level probabilities that got here her means.

Halep completed the match with 63 factors to Ruse’s 38. For a spot within the quarterfinals, Halep will tackle Varvara Gracheva.

Transylvania Open: Anett Kontaveit’s quest in direction of Mexico continues

Earlier, the second-seeded Kontaveit accomplished a 6-3, 7-5 win over Aleksandra Krunic of their opening-round face-off.

The Estonian broke the Serbian’s serve thrice whereas dropping her serve solely as soon as – within the sole break level she confronted – within the second set. Kontaveit received 76% of her first-serve factors to Krunic’s 68% and 64% of her second-serve factors to the latter’s 45%.

Kontaveit, who’s attempting to qualify for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara on the again of an excellent displaying right here in Cluj-Napoca this week, has now received 11 consecutive matches indoors. Of the 24 matches she’s performed most lately; she’s now received 22 of them.

Subsequent up for Kontaveit is Alison Van Uytvanck. Fifth seed Ajla Tomljanovic was the only upset of the day in Romania. Dwelling participant, Jaqueline Cristian defeated the Australian 7-6(5), 7-5 in two hours and 11 minutes of their pre-quarterfinal conflict.

If Halep wins her second-round match, she and Cristian will tackle one another for a spot within the semi-finals. Ukrainians Lesia Tsurenko and Anhelina Kalinina reached the quarterfinals on the Transylvania Open after coming via of their respective second-round matches.

Tsurenko defeated Anastasia Gasanova 6-2, 7-5 and now awaits both Irina Bara or Rebecca Peterson. In the meantime, the eighth-seeded Kalinina ousted Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2, 6-2. If Anett Kontaveit will get via to the quarterfinals, Kalinina can be her subsequent opponent. Picture Credit score: Transylvania Open Twitter

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