Simona Halep: 'I imagine lifting Roland Garros triphy every day in my head'


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Simona Halep: 'I imagine lifting Roland Garros triphy every day in my head'

The defending Roland Garros champion Simona Halep is through to the fourth round for the fifth time in Paris, breezing past the 27th seed Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-1 in 55 minutes to send the clear message to her rivals. Simona won a massive majority of the points behind Tsurenko's errors and she controlled the scoreboard all the time despite the fact it wasn't a perfect serving display by any means.

Hitting nine winners and 14 unforced errors, Simona lost 46% of the points behind the initial shot, a pretty significant amount that no one could have noticed on the court despite getting broken three times. On the other hand, the Ukrainian counted to 30 unforced errors and lost 36 out of 50 points in service games, playing against ten break points and suffering eight breaks in as many games to propel Halep into the last 16.

The Romanian's groundstrokes proved to be too much to handle for Tsurenko, especially from the backhand wing that worked like a charm on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Lesia hit a double fault in the opening game of the match to suffer a break and set the tone for the rest of the encounter, pulling the break back in game two before another double fault that cost her a break in game three.

Spraying one mistake after another, Lesia gave serve away in the fifth game and fell 5-2 down after a wild forehand in game seven, allowing Simona to close the opener with a nice hold in game eight after 25 minutes. The Romanian dominated even more in set number two, delivering four breaks and crossing the finish line with an easy volley winner at 5-1 to secure the place in the next round without wasting too much time on the court.

"It was a tough match even if the score doesn't show that. Lesia is always a difficult opponent and I knew she played a lot in the previous rounds and that I have to be strong on the court and focused on my game. I did everything I could and I'm happy to reach the fourth round again here in Paris.

I have that image of lifting the trophy here in Paris every day, it was my best tennis moment and I enjoyed it more because it was here in Paris where I already won junior title. Everything that happens on this court goes straight to my best memories."