Defending champion Halep reaches quarters with 45-minute thrashing

Simona Halep (AP)
Simona Halep (AP)

Paris - Defending champion Simona Halep reached her fourth French Open quarter-final on Monday with a 45-minute thrashing of Polish teenager Iga Swiatek in the fourth round.

The Romanian third seed wasted no time in racing to a 6-1, 6-0 win, dropping only one game when serving for the opening set as Swiatek failed to hold serve in the match.

Halep will face either American 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova or Spain's Aliona Bolsova for a semi-final place.

"Kind of perfect, I felt really well on court," said Halep.

"I have a good feeling, I feel good on court. I'm back in the second week, in the quarter-finals. Anything that comes is a bonus."

Results from the ninth day of the French Open on Monday (x denotes seeding):

Men

4th round

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Alexander Zverev (GER x5) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x9) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Dominic Thiem (AUT x4) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x14) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Karen Khachanov (RUS x10) bt Juan Martín Del Potro (ARG x8) 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Kei Nishikori (JPN x7) bt Benoît Paire (FRA) 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 7-5

Women

4th round

Madison Keys (USA x14) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-2, 6-4

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x8) bt Sofia Kenin (USA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Iga Swiatek (POL) 6-1, 6-0

Amanda Anisimova (USA) bt Aliona Bolsova (ESP) 6-3, 6-0





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