Two Romanian tennis players, Simona Halep and Sorana Cerstia, entered the next round of the WTA 250 Championships in Birmingham. The British Katie Poulter got rid of the French Caroline Garcia.

Łukasz Iwanek

Simona Halep

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Four second-round matches were played in Birmingham on Tuesday. Simona Halep (WTA 20) 6-3 6-2 defeated Harriet Dart (WTA 106). In the first set, the Roman returned from 0:2. Within 62 minutes, the former classification leader used four points from a five-break. She scored 21 out of 25 points with her first pass.

Another challenger to Halep will be Katie Poulter (WTA 141), who won 7:6 (5), 6:1 as Caroline Garcia (WTA 74). In the 91-minute match, the Britons broke one of their three break points and exchanged all three break opportunities. Due to injuries, Poulter reached the quarter-finals of the WTA Championships over a year ago (Nottingham 2021).

Sorana Cerestia (WTA 36) smashed 6:1, 6:1 Alexandra Krunic (WTA 103) in 72 minutes. The Romanian won 19 points out of 21 points with her first pass. Five of the 14 break points were used. He was promoted to the quarter-finals in Birmingham (2013) for the second time.

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Cirstea will play in the semi-finals against Donna Vekić (WTA 97), who won 7:5, 6:3 against Kathryn McNally (WTA 197). Within an hour and 40 minutes, the Croatian used five of his 11 points to break the pace. She reached the third quarter final in Birmingham. Previously, she did it in 2013 (final) and 2021.

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On Wednesday, two matches of the first round were concluded. Camila Giorgi (WTA 26) beat Tereza Martincova (WTA 56) 7:6 (7), 6:4. In the first set, the Italian defended two set-pieces, one in the 12th game and broke the tie. Shuai Zhang (WTA 54) won in 5:7, 6:3, 6:3 Jana Feet (WTA 262). The Chinese woman changed four chances out of nine to achieve a breakthrough.

Rothsay Classic Birmingham, Birmingham (UK)
WTA 250, grass field, total prize money of 251.7 thousand. dollar
Wednesday 15th June

Second round of singles:

Simona Halep (Romania, 2) beat Harriet Dart (UK, World Cup) 6-3 6-2
Sorana Cerestia (Romania, 6) beat Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia, left) 6-1, 6-1.
Donna Vekic (Croatia, Q) beat Kathryn McNally (USA, Q) 7-5, 6-3
Katie Poulter (UK) beat Caroline Garcia (France) 7-6 (5) 6-1

First round of singles:

Camila Giorgi (Italy, 3) beat Teresa Martinkova (Czech Republic) 7-6 (7), 6-4.
Shuai Zhang (China, 8) beat Gana Vet (Croatia, Q) 5:7 6-3 6-3

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