Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard advance to 3rd round of Wimbledon

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French Open finalist Simona Halep, the tournament’s 3rd seed, played a qualifier – Lesia Tsurenko from Ukraine – who is ranked at 170. Halep took out Teliana Perreira and then completed the 2nd round matches on Friday, held over because of rain on Thursday night, against Lesia Tsurenko who came through qualies and then had a great 6-3 6-0 victory over Dinah Pfizenmaier in the first round. Tsurenko continued to play well and, although she dropped the first set 6-3, she took the 2nd set against the French Open finalist 6-4. In the decider Halep just had too much in the tank and fought her way to a 6-4 victory and a place in the last 16.

Before rain stopped play on Thursday night, 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard had a real battle on her hands in the first set of her match against 75th ranked Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa. The Spaniard used all her considerable doubles expertise to fox the Canadian, known to start her matches slowly, time and again to take the set to 5-5 before Bouchard pulled away to take the set 7-5. She stepped on the gas in the second set and allowed the Spaniard just one game to take the set 6-1.

One of the seeds to go out on Thursday night was number 15, Carla Suarez Navarro. 72nd ranked Kazakh, Zarina Diyas took a strong lead in the first set, only for the Spaniard to pull back to 5-5 and then force a breaker, but to no avail as the cliff hanger went the Kazakh’s way 14-12 after 62 minutes on court. The tension continued in the second set which Suarez Navarro took 7-5 in an hour and one minute of great tennis on both sides of the net. All the fight went out of the Spaniard in the decider, which Diyaz took 6-2 to book her place in the 3rd round.

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