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US Open: Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka set up quarterfinal duel

New York: Second seed Simona Halep overcame injury and 30-degree heat on Monday to reach her first US Open quarter-final, where she will take on two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka.

Simona Halep. Pic/AFP
Simona Halep. Pic/AFP

Halep needed 2hr 38 min, as well as a 10-minute heat break, to down German 24th seed Sabine Lisicki 6-7 (6/8), 7-5, 6-2. Halep, 23, is the first Romanian in the last eight in New York since Irina Spirlea went to the 1997 semi-finals.

Azarenka reached her fourth US Open quarter-final in four years with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Varvara Lepchenko of the United States.

The former world number one, whose season has been stalled by a left thigh strain, appeared on Arthur Ashe Stadium with both biceps tightly strapped.

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