Halep wins 6-0 6-0 to reach last eight in Madrid

Simona Halep in action against Viktoria Kuzmova at the Madrid Open

World number one Naomi Osaka and world number three Simona Halep both won in straight sets to reach the Madrid Open quarter-finals.

Osaka beat Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-3 to reach the last eight in Madrid for the first time.

Halep took just 45 minutes to see off Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova 6-0 6-0.

The Romanian, who beat British number one Johanna Konta in the second round, is hoping to win the title for a third time after victories in 2016 and 2017.

Halep will play Australian Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals while Osaka will face Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova or Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.

“I don’t think it was her [Kuzmova’s] best match. Maybe she was nervous before the match a little bit,” said Halep,

“It’s a big tournament and it’s not easy to face the top players. I’ve been in that position. I played my best tennis and I felt good on court.”

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