World No. 2 Simona Halep booked her place in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Apia International on Tuesday as she beat Caroline Garcia in three sets.
Per the Associated Press (via Yahoo News), fourth seed Angelique Kerber withdrew before her second-round clash with Ekaterina Makarova citing illness, while Sabine Lisicki was knocked out by Svetlana Kuznetsova.
In the men's draw it was a day of little drama as each of the seven first-round clashes were decided in two sets, with seventh seed Leonardo Mayer's defeat to Teymuraz Gabashvili being the only slight shock of note.
Here are all of the results from Tuesday, information on the latest schedule and a roundup of the day's action:
|Round 1||Teymuraz Gabashvili bt. (7) Leonardo Mayer||6-4, 6-3|
|Round 1||Nicolas Mahut bt. Adrian Mannarino||6-4, 7-5|
|Round 1||(8) Alexandr Dolgopolov bt. Thomaz Bellucci||6-1, 6-4|
|Round 1||(6) Jeremy Chardy bt. Mikhail Kukushkin||6-2, 6-3|
|Round 1||James Duckworth bt. Inigo Cervantes||6-3, 6-2|
|Round 1||Gilles Muller bt. Borna Coric||6-1, 6-4|
|Round 1||Federico Delbonis bt. Sam Groth||7-6(4), 7-6(5)|
|Round 2||(1) Simona Halep bt. Caroline Garcia||6-4, 2-6, 6-1|
|Round 2||(5) Karolina Pliskova bt. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||6-3, 6-0|
|Round 2||Svetlana Kuznetsova bt. Sabine Lisicki||6-3, 3-6, 6-2|
|Round 2||Sara Errani bt. Jelena Jankovic||7-6(3), 7-6(8)|
|Round 2||(8) Belinda Bencic bt. Tsvetana Pironkova||6-3, 6-3|
|Round 2||Ekaterina Makarova bt. (4) Angelique Kerber||Walkover|
|Round 2||Monica Puig bt. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova||6-1, 6-0|
|Round 2||Sam Stosur bt. Daniela Hantuchova||6-4, 6-2|
Full draw and schedule available at Apia International website.
Halep was making her first outing of 2016 having withdrawn from last week's Brisbane International with an Achilles injury.
With the Australian Open starting next week, she was clearly eager to get some time on the court, but she did have to call her trainer during her match with Garcia.
However, she came through unscathed, responding to being pegged back in the second set with an emphatic performance in the decider, and said she felt no pain by the end of the match, per Apia International:
"I did have pain in 2nd set...I have to try not too much to think about the pain. I didn't feel pain at all in 3rd set" #Halep on Achilles— Apia Intl Sydney (@SydneyTennis) January 12, 2016
Lisicki and Kuznetsova battled in a hard-fought three-setter in Sydney, with the Russian eventually prevailing thanks, in part, to some excellent serving in the decider.
The 2013 Wimbledon finalist rallied well to force a third set having gone down early on, but Kuznetsova wrestled back the momentum to claim her first-ever victory over Lisicki, per Apia International:
Home favourite Sam Stosur also booked her place in the last eight as she completed a two-set victory over Daniela Hantuchova in the Ken Rosewall Arena.
There were mixed fortunes for the Aussie competitors in the men's draw as James Duckworth advanced to the second round with a win over Spain's Inigo Cervantes, before Sam Groth was knocked out by Federico Delbonis.
Groth had his chances to claim a victory—or at least force a third set—and was a break up in the second, but he was not clinical enough in both of the tiebreaks, and crashed out as a result.
An all-French encounter was won by Nicolas Mahut as he overcame Adrian Mannarino, while Gilles Muller brushed Borna Coric aside in less than an hour.
Mayer dropped out at the hands of world No. 50 Gabashvili, but seeds Jeremy Chardy and Alexandr Dolgopolov remained to fight another day.