Wimbledon 2016: Simona Halep beats Kiki Bertens

Simona Halep

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Fifth seed Simona Halep has reached the fourth round of Wimbledon with victory over Dutch player Kiki Bertens.

The Romanian, a semi-finalist in 2014, won 6-4 6-3 against the 26th seed.

There were five breaks of serve in the opening set, which Halep won before racing into a 4-1 lead en route to victory in 69 minutes on Centre Court.

Fourth seed Angelique Kerber led 7-6 (11) 2-0 against Carina Witthoeft before rain again interrupted play on the outside courts.

Rain throughout the first week of Wimbledon has led to a backlog of matches, including that of two-time champion Petra Kvitova, who is yet to complete her second-round match.

Play will now take place on the middle Sunday for the first time since 2004, with mostly women’s matches to be scheduled.

Halep ‘really excited’ to reach round four

Halep will face American ninth seed Madison Keys or France’s Alize Cornet in round four, just the second time the Romanian has reached that stage.

She said: “I’m really excited that I’ll play the fourth round, it’s one of my special Grand Slams.

“It was amazing today, I played good tennis and I’m happy I could win in two sets.

“She serves really well, very strong, and I was able to return very strong. I played smart and aggressive today and I really liked that the court was indoors.”

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