Following successful second round match-ups, world No. 4 Simona Halep and Spain’s Maria Teresa Torro-Flor will meet for the first time on the professional tour for a spot in the fourth round at Roland Garros.
Romania’s Simona Halep took part in an impressive outing on Thursday afternoon, when she defeated Britain’s Heather Watson in the second round of the French Open. After losing only two games in her opening match, Halep won another comfortable encounter against the former British No. 1, this time losing six games.
“I feel very good. I’m 100% here,” Halep said. “That’s why I stopped in Rome, to be ready to play here. I have had two good matches here. The second set was a little bit difficult today and I was a little nervous. But I served well and that was good.
“There is a little pressure, but I just want to stay focused for every match because here every match is very tough. It’s a tough tournament, and I have to play my best. I expect every match to be difficult, so I cannot say that I’m thinking about the finals or anything like that.”
Halep’s Spanish opponent, Torro-Flor, had a harder match-up in the second round, as she played a roller-coaster match-up against Rybarikova, which ended 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. She hit 38 winners and 36 unforced errors, but also managed six double faults in the process.
This marks the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour. While the Spaniard has been impressive so far this week, she is unlikely to provide much of a stern test for the top ranked Romanian. While that may be the case, the three top seeds have already been eliminated from the tournament, leaving Halep as the top remaining seed in the competition. Whether or not she can maintain her spot for the remainder of the fortnight remains to be seen.
Prediction: Simona Halep in Three Sets