Halep and Muguruza breeze through as Stephens battles past Giorgi

The top seed, Simona Halep of Romania survived a tough first set against the German player, Andrea Petkovic before steamrolling her in the second set to advance to the fourth round, 7-5 6-0.

Garbine Muguruza, the 3rd seed from Spain, also stopped Australia’s Samantha Stosur in her tracks with a 6-0 6-2 win.

Sloane Stephens, the 10th seed from America, had a tough three-set match against the Italian player, Camila Giorgi.

Stephens, the reigning US Open Ladies champion was forced to rely on the gusto that got her that title in order to overcome the very unpredictable Italian’s playing style and her opponent serving twice for the match in the third set, to win 4-6 6-1 8-6 in 1h46.

In other Ladies action, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Garcia and Elise Mertens also advanced to the fourth round.