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Flipkens & Halep Into Topshelf Open QFs

Kirsten Flipkens got past Michaella Krajiceck, while recent Nürnberg champ Simona Halep rolled past Roberta Vinci and into the 's-Hertogenbosch quarters.

Published June 19, 2013 12:00

Flipkens & Halep Into Topshelf Open QFs
Kirsten Flipkens

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands - Simona Halep, whose four WTA finals have all occurred on red clay, is proving to be no slouch on grass this week at the Topshelf Open.

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Halep dominated 2011 's-Hertogenbosch champion and No.1 seed Roberta Vinci in second round play on Wednesday, 60 61. That made the Romanian 3-2 in their series, where each of the matches have been one-sided regardless of the winner.

It has been a series of firsts for Halep lately, reaching her first Premier semifinal last month in Rome, capturing her first WTA title last week in Nürnberg and now having advanced to her first WTA grass court quarterfinal. She has also now won 13 of her past 15 matches going back to Rome qualifying.

A much closer match saw fourth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens edge Michaella Krajicek, 76(6) 76(3), despite losing three more points than she won. Flipkens lives in nearby Mol, Belgium.

"I'm really happy to get a couple of matches in before Wimbledon," Flipkens said. "It feels like a home tournament. It's only a 45-minute to one-hour drive for me. It's really nice because a lot of my friends and family can come.

"I'm excited for Wimbledon. It's one of my favorite tournaments. I love grass, as it fits my game. I'm really looking forward to Wimbledon, but first I want to do well here."

In another tight one, No.2 seed Dominika Cibulkova was a 26 64 63 winner over Anabel Medina Garrigues. The Slovak is now 5-1 in their series, with her only loss coming by virtue of retirement.

In Thursday's quarterfinals, Cibulkova will take on another Spaniard, qualifier Garbiñe Muguruza, whose 62 60 victory over Lauren Davis put her into her second WTA quarterfinal.

"I'm very happy because I played at a great level and did what I've been working on all this year," said Muguruza, who is playing her second WTA grass court main draw. "For the first time, I felt very good on grass. In the beginning it was too fast and strange for me because we don't have grass in Spain. But now with last year and this tournament, I'm feeling more comfortable with my game. I think I have a very good game for grass, so I'm getting better each time."

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