Karolina Pliskova does not give in defending the title and Halep passes

The Czech clearly beat Russian Blinkova (6-3 and 6-4) and in the quarterfinals she will face Belgian Elise Mertens, who defeated Kovinic. Halep beat Yastremska (7-5 and 6-4).


Czech Karolina Pliskova, number 4 in the WTA ranking and current champion, advanced this Friday with a firm step to the quarterfinals of the Rome tournament after beating Russian Anna Blinkova, number 65, 6-3 and 6-4. Pliskova, who had already beaten Blinkova at the Australian Open in 2017, it took an hour and 19 to prolong her path on Roman clay and in the quarterfinals she will face off against Belgian Elise Mertens, number 20.

The Czech player had no difficulty eliminating Blinkova despite giving up serve in the first game of the match and committing five double faults. However, he immediately recovered the bankruptcy and got another one in the 10th game to close the quarter 6-4. He took advantage of two of his three break options in the second set, in the fourth and in the sixth game, and sentenced the duel with a final 6-3. His rival will be Mertens, who eliminated Kovinic this Friday with a double 6-4.

Halep surpasses Yastremska

Romanian Simona Halep, world number 2 and first favorite, beat Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska (n.29) this Friday 7-5 and 6-4 and reached the quarterfinals of the Rome tournament. Halep, who reached the final twice in the Roman tournament, losing both against the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (2017 and 2018), needed an hour and 27 minutes to beat Yastremska, in the second match of the day played on the center court of the Forum Italic.

The Romanian player, winner of Roland Garros 2018 and Wimbledon 2019, as happened in her triumph against Jasmine Paolini on Thursday, did not play a brilliant match, but drew on experience to beat Yastremska, only 20 years old, in the first match between both. The Ukrainian escaped quickly with a 3-0 in the first set, but Halep managed to come back and got two breaks, in the fifth and the eleventh game, to win 7-5. In the second set, the Romanian twice took the serve from Yastremska in the first two games and paved the way for the final 6-4. Her rival in the quarterfinals will be Kazakh Yulia Putintseva (30), who beat her compatriot Elena Rybakova (18) 4-6, 7-6 (3) and 6-2. Halep will arrive at that appointment with an open streak of ten consecutive victories, with titles in Dubai and Prague included.

Results of the day.

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