FILE PHOTO: March 15, 2022; Indian Wells, California, United States; Simona Halep (ROU) bats against Sorana Cirstea (ROU) in their third round match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
March 17, 2022
(Reuters) – It took Simona Halep less than an hour to beat Petra Martic 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday and advance to the semifinals of the WTA Indian Wells tournament for the fourth time.
The Romanian broke 2-1 in the first set after her Czech opponent committed a double fault, and Halep reeled off confident groundstrokes and accurate serves for the next six games.
The 2015 tournament winner was never really pressured, gaining 55 points over Martics 21.
The unseeded Martic had made impressive victories over 28th-seeded Ludmilla Samsonova and US Open champion Emma Raducanu en route to the quarter-finals but appeared to be running out of gas under sunny skies in the California desert.
Next up for Halep is either senior American Madison Keys or third-placed Iga Swiatek, who play their quarterfinals later on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)
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