Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber move into strong Eastbourne last 16

Simona Halep

Simona Halep has made a powerful start to her grass court season, obliterating Hsieh Su-Wei 6-2 6-0 in the second round in Eastbourne.

It was the Romanian’s first match since her surprise defeat to Amanda Anisimova at the French Open, but she did not seem to be suffering any adverse effects from that.

Elsewhere, Jelena Ostapenko continued her recent good form by dumping Sloane Stephens out of the competition.

It was a remarkable match, with Stephens dominating the first set and Ostapenko bageling the second before eventually sealing a 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 win.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber continued to impress on grass too, easing to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sam Stosur.

“It’s nice to be back here, and this was another good match on grass before Wimbledon,” Kerber said.

“I like to play on grass, so I’m trying to enjoy every match and every moment right now.”

Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki and Aryna Sabalenka, who contested the 2018 final, have both also safely advanced into the last 16.

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