Halep beats Yastremska to reach Italian Open quarters

Rome Masters: Johanna Konta knocked out in third round by Garbine Muguruza

Rome Masters: Johanna Konta knocked out in third round by Garbine Muguruza

The Briton reached the final in Rome a year ago but was beaten in one hour 22 minutes on the clay by Muguruza, who will next play Victoria Azarenka.

Nadal proved too strong for 25th-ranked Lajovic, who had valiantly but vainly launched a fightback after trailing 4-0 in the second set to the Spaniard.

"Big picture, I think it was a great match and gives me confidence that even in these conditions with a big hitter that I could win in two sets". I'm very pleased with the way I moved... and also the serve helped me a lot today.

"I felt great. Especially the first set I think was maybe one of my best sets that I have played on clay ever".

Halep was leading 6-2 2-0 when her opponent called it a day due to a lower back problem.

Halep has twice finished runner-up in Rome in 2017 and 2018 to Svitolina, and "really wants to win" the tournament. Because she's the type of player who likes to dominate, but at the same time she's making the ball in play.

Every time Muguruza meets Johanna Konta the degree of difficulty spikes-all three of their prior meetings went the three-set distance-but today the two-time Grand Slam champion took charge on serve. "So I'm expecting a very hard match".

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"I'm really thankful to play my first tournament in Rome where I have great memories", said the Ukrainian after her six-month coronavirus-enforced break. I knew it was going to be a tough match. "But I'll try to take the positive aspects out of it", Sinner said.

Muguruza improved to 20-5 on the season, including wins over Americans Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens this week.

The former French Open victor will next face US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka who advanced after Russian Daria Kasatkina retired injured in their first set tiebreak.

Forrmer world No. 1 Azarenka was deadlocked with Kastakina, 6-all, when the Russian qualifier slipped near the service line and crashed to the clay suffering a painful right ankle or right foot injury.

Halep skipped the United States hard court tour because of coronavirus concerns, but has extended her winning streak this season to 12 consecutive victories.

Second-seeded Czech Republic's Carolina Pliskova defeated Russia's Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-3 to enter the quarterfinal.

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