Simona Halep certainly deserves the title Most Improved Player which was awarded to her by the WTA at the end of last season for winning six titles in the second half of 2013. On Monday afternoon the 11th seed took on 8th seeded Jelena Jankovic to vie for a place in the quarters. Halep won her first match with the loss of just one game, battled through a tough three setter in the second round and had a straight sets win to move into the 4th round. Jankovic had three straight sets victories on her route.
In a first set littered with breaks on both sides of the net, Halep eventually came out on top, taking it 6-4, but in the second set Jankovic regrouped and took it in easier fashion at 6-2. It was Halep who came out firing in the decider and with a winning ratio of winners to unforced errors, took it to love to move into her first ever Slam quarter final – and fulfil her dream of getting into the Top 10.
8th seeded Agnieszka Radwanska played the up and coming 29 year old and 38th ranked Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza, who took out 24th seed Kaia Kanepi and 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki, for the last quarter final spot in the night match. The first two games of the first set went with serve, with the second game taking around ten minutes to complete. The even longer third game went to 7 deuces and three break points to Radwanska before she managed to break and snag the game. Muguruza then stopped playing amazing tennis and started making numerous unforced errors to let the Pole take the set at 6-1. In the second set the Spaniard started out well, with the first 4 games going with serve, Radwanska then broke and held for 4-2 and again games went with serve until the Pole got to 5-3, whereupon she served out for the match and her fourth quarter final appearance in Melbourne.