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Hsieh cruises into quarters at ASB Classic

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters

Halep, who battled past Duan in their previous meeting at the Eastbourne International last year, took advantage as Duan struggled to find her rhythm and raced to a 5-0 lead.

She then subdued a late fightback to seal the win in 97 minutes.

“I knew that she is playing really hard and hitting every ball. I knew I had to be strong on my legs,” Halep said. “After the first set I was thinking I have to find rhythm, to stay closer to the baseline and open the court better, which I did... It was a very tough match.”

Halep’s compatriot and fourth seed Irina-Camelia Begu overcame Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

She was joined in the quarter-finals by Czech Katerina Siniakova, who beat China’s Wang Yafan 7-5, 6-3, and the Czech Republic’s Kristyna Pliskova, who defeated Romania’s Ana Bogdan 6-4, 7-6.

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