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Sport Halep seals top Melbourne seeding

21:41  03 january  2018
21:41  03 january  2018 Source:   skysports.com

Halep certain to be seeded first at Australian Open

  Halep certain to be seeded first at Australian Open Progression to the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open means Simona Halep is guaranteed to be the number one seed at the Australian Open.Simona Halep came from a set down to beat Duan Ying-Ying at the Shenzhen Open and secure her status as the top seed at the Australian Open.

Simona Halep guaranteed top seeding for this month’s Australian Open after battling back from a set down to defeat Duan Yingying 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Shenzhen on Wednesday.

Simona Halep guaranteed top seeding for this month's Australian Open after battling back from a set down to defeat Duan Yingying 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Shenzhen on Wednesday. AFP | Jan 3, 2018, 16:52 IST.

Caroline Wozniacki holding a tennis racket: Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty Simona Halep hitting a ball with a tennis racket: Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty

World No 1 Simona Halep recovered from a set down to beat Duan Ying-Ying in the second round of the Shenzhen Open and secure top seeding for this month's Australian Open.

Halep's comeback saw the Romanian get past her Chinese opponent 3-6 6-1 6-2, setting up a last-eight meeting with Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Halep told the official WTA website after the win: "I'm not thinking about the ranking, I'm not thinking about the Australian Open.

"I will just keep the same routine and same things to do. I'm just thinking about the match [on Thursday]. I want to be focused just here."

Halep and Sharapova saunter through in Shenzhen

  Halep and Sharapova saunter through in Shenzhen Top seed Simona Halep and former world number one Maria Sharapova sealed straight-sets wins to reach the Shenzhen Open semi-finals.World number one Simona Halep eased into the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open with a straight-sets victory over Aryna Sabalenka, while Maria Sharapova also sailed into the last four.

The Romanian is now assured to remain world number one ahead of Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza for the season's first Grand Slam which begins in Melbourne on January 15. Looking for a first victory over a top 10 player and cheered on by her home fans

Simona Halep guaranteed top seeding for this month's Australian Open after battling back from a set down to defeat Duan Yingying 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Shenzhen on Wednesday.

Along with Halep, others progressing to the quarter-finals were compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu - scheduled to take on Timea Babos next - and Czech pair Katerina Siniakova and Kristyna Pliskova, who will face each other.

At the ASB Classic in Auckland, world No 3 and top seed Caroline Wozniacki moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-2 triumph over Croatian Petra Martic.

The Dane's next opponent will be Sofia Kenin, who beat fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in round two.

Wozniacki's fellow seeds in action on Wednesday - Julia Goerges (two), Barbora Strycova (three) and Agnieszka Radwanska (four) - also made it through.

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