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Tennis-Halep beats Cirstea to win all-Romanian showdown

Randy Mancini 13 Mar 15
FILE PHOTO: Tennis: BNP Paribas Open-Day 7
FILE PHOTO: Mar 13, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Simona Halep (ROU) celebrates after defeating Coco Gauff (USA) in her third round match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

March 15, 2022

(Reuters) – Simona Halep dispatched fellow Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-1 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals of Indian Wells for a fifth time.

Former world number one Halep, who won the WTA 1000 event seven years ago, cruised through the first set with help from her error-prone opponent.

Cirstea took a 2-0 lead to start the second but the two-time major champion battled back, sealing the win when the world number 27 fired a backhand wide on match point.

A beaming Halep blew a kiss to the television cameras, pumped her fist and waved excitedly to the crowd at Stadium One after winning the Romanian derby.

Next up for Halep is either Petra Martic or Ludmilla Samsonova.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Toby Davis)