Halep continues strong play in Miami

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Simona Halep advanced to the fourth round of
the Miami Open on Sunday with a straight-set win over Italy’s Camila Giorgi.

The third-seeded Halep continued her strong start to the 2015 season with a
6-4, 7-5 third-round victory and will next play the winner between former
world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta.

Halep captured last week’s title in Indian Wells and is bidding for her fourth
title of the year. The Romanian also won the season-opener in Shenzhen and
claimed the Dubai crown after her lone loss of the year — a quarterfinal
setback to Ekaterina Makarova at the Australian Open.

Top-seeded Serena Williams is also on Sunday’s schedule, taking on fellow
American CiCi Bellis. The seven-time Miami champion opened her stay at Crandon
Park on Saturday with a second-round win over Monica Niculescu, a match that
was rescheduled from Friday because of rain.

The 2015 Miami champ will earn $900,400.