Simona Halep came through her second tough test in three days on Thursday as the WTA No. 2 reached the quarter-finals of the Prague Open over Barbora Krejcikova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

The Romanian winner who will skip the US Open due to COVID-19 needed two hours to advance, rallying from a break down in each of the last two sets.

The welcome win came 48 hours after Halep needed seven match points to advance in her opener after five months away from tennis due to the virus shutdown.

Halep took victory over the former doubles No. 1 despite 10 double-faults as she rediscovers her game at the Tour level.

The top seed won the last six points to seal victory, She next plays Magdalena Frech, who will be playing in a WTA quarter-final for the first time.


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