Halep humbles Mertens to enter quarterfinals

Maria Sharapova celebrates victory over Karolina Pliskova

Nadal will face Argentinian Diego Schwartzman for a semi-final spot, after the 11th seed staged a thrilling comeback to down sixth seed Kevin Anderson 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/0), 6-2.

The 26-year-old was delighted to progress with such a comprehensive win over tough opposition but continues to target improvement match by match as Romania hopes for a first Grand Slam victor in 40 years.

Paris: World No.1 Simona Halep showed her full repertoire of strokes and sealed a quarterfinal berth by crushing Belgian Elise Mertens 6-2 6-1 in the women's singles of the French Open here, Monday.

Romanian Halep, twice a runner-up at Roland Garros, started slowly but once she found her groove, there was nothing the 16th-seed Mertens could do to avoid a one-sided defeat.

Halep, a finalist a year ago, will play Angelique Kerber in the last eight after the German downed home favourite Caroline Garcia.

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After the win, Halep admitted what everyone suspected that she gets extremely tense before big matches, but added that she is trying to embrace the nerves as she seeks to break her grand slam duck.

"Those four games at the beginning were really important, and after that I relaxed and I could play a little bit better".

"I need to be more aggressive and try to finish the points because I don't hit so many winners".

The second seed Wozniacki suffered a straight sets 6-7 3-6 defeat to the 14-seeded Russian in one hour and 57 minutes at the Philippe-Chatrier Court.

The world number one has played three Grand Slam finals and lost them all, including two at Roland Garros, and rare are the times when she does not open up about her early match jitters.

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