Tennis-Halep battles through to third round

Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:51pm EDT
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By Sarah Young

LONDON (Reuters) - French Open runner-up Simona Halep was looking forward to a match in which "both players will have nothing to lose" after she survived a torrid outing against little-known Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko on Friday.

Third seed Halep survived a 6-3 4-6 6-4 tussle on a blustery Court Two but struggled to shine against the 170th-ranked qualifier.

The Romanian said she had never seen her next opponent, Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic, in action but since both players have made it as far as the last 32 at Wimbledon for the first time, it will be new territory for both.

"She has nothing to lose against me. Also, I have nothing to lose because is first time in the third round here in Wimbledon. On grass it's always difficult to play," Halep told reporters.

"I will fight for it. I expect a tough match."

Bencic, 17, has form on grass as she lifted the girl's singles trophy at the All England Club last year.

"Tomorrow will be a little bit tough because I heard she's a good player and she's strong," added Halep.

"She's also aggressive. So our games are almost the same."   Continued...

Simona Halep of Romania hits a return during her women's singles tennis match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Toby Melville