Simona Halep Fights Past Sabine Lisicki into the Quarter-finals at the US Open


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Simona Halep Fights Past Sabine Lisicki into the Quarter-finals at the US Open

Second seed Simona Halep fought back after losing the first set to beat 24th seed Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round at the US Open on Monday. The Romanian player won the match 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 38 minutes and moved to the last eight stage at the Flushing Meadows.

First two sets were very close and both players kept breaking each other’s serve most of the time. Halep and Lisicki exchanged three breaks in first set to take it to a tie-break. Though, the Romanian player got a set point on her own serve in the ninth game bout could not capitalize.

Tiebreak went neck to neck until 6-6 but then Lisicki captured two consecutive points to win the opener 7-6(6). Lisicki and Halep failed to hold their serve in first four games of the second set to level the score at 2-2.

The Romanian finally managed to hold her serve in the fifth game to go up and then there were four more breaks of serve in the following four games. Halep again served for the set in ninth game bout could not succeed. Finally, she was able to grab the next two games to win the second set and tie the match at one set apiece.

Halep raised the level of her game in the final set and Lisicki also looked a bit tired by then. The Romanian player held all of her serves and broke her opponent twice to win the final set 6-2. It was Halep's fourth win over the German in their five meetings.

The 24-year-old will now take on former world number one Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals. Azarenka easily defeated Varvara Lepcchenko in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round. Also read: US Open 2015: Victoria Azarenka moves into the Last 8