Sport Halep protects number one spot after Keys withdrawal in Rome

13:56  17 may  2018
13:56  17 may  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

Halep makes Mertens suffer in Madrid

  Halep makes Mertens suffer in Madrid Simona Halep has now won 14 matches in a row at the Madrid Open after easing to victory over Elise Mertens in the second round.Defending champion Simona Halep sauntered into the third round of the Madrid Open with a straight-sets demolition of the previously in-form Elise Mertens.

Ahead of that challenge, the 30-year-old American will be hoping for a more telling workout against Azarenka after a limpid semifinal in which Romania's Halep failed to offer any kind of challenge.

Simona Halep 's season ended on a disappointing note with an early exit in Singapore, but the Romanian believes she has made great strides.

SimonaHalep - cropped: World number one Simona Halep © Provided by Omnisport World number one Simona Halep

Simona Halep has retained her world number one ranking without stepping on court on Thursday after Madison Keys' withdrawal at the Internazionali d'Italia saw her reach the quarter-finals.

The Romanian could have been displaced by Caroline Wozniacki had she failed to reach the last eight and the Dane gone one round further than her.

But Keys had to pull out of their third-round contest due to a rib injury, giving Halep the walkover and ensuring she cannot be toppled at the summit.

Halep will face the winner of the match between Sloane Stephens and Caroline Garcia in the last eight.

Beaten Halep calms injury concerns ahead of French Open .
World number one Simona Halep appeared hampered by injury in Rome, but she insists there is no lasting issue ahead of the French Open.Simona Halep played down the back issue that hampered her during the Internazionali d'Italia final defeat to Elina Svitolina, insisting she is not carrying an injury ahead of the French Open.

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