US Open 2016: Simona Halep tops rival Carla Suarez Navarro to reach quarters

Simona Halep, semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows last year, edged past Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5 to make quarter-finals.

By: Reuters | New York | Published:September 5, 2016 11:11 pm
us open 2016, us open, simona halep, halep, simona halep vs navarro, tennis news, us open results, tennis Simona Halep now leads Carla Suarez Navarro 6-5 in their head-to-head series 6-5. (Source: Reuters)

Fifth-seeded Simona Halep beat 11th-seeded Spanish rival Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5 on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday.

The 24-year-old Romanian was broken serving for the match at 5-4 but she broke right back, and after falling behind 0-30 in the 11th game swept the last four points in a row to end it.

Halep, who reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows last year, edged ahead in her rivalry with Suarez Navarro, now leading their head-to-head series 6-5.

“I’m really happy I could win this match. It’s really tough to beat her. I just gave everything I had,” Halep said in an on-court interview.

The in-form Halep, a three-times winner this year who owns a 23-3 record dating back to start of French Open, will play either top-seeded Serena Williams or unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the quarters.

The Romanian is bracing for a probable showdown with world number one Williams.

“The next round will be a very tough one, so I want to enjoy this victory today,” said Halep.