Halep; Serena reach quarters

Simona Halep was broken serving for the match at 5-4 but she broke right back, and after falling behind 0-30 in the 11th game swept the last four points in a row to end it.

Simona Halep (right), of Romania greets Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, after winning the fourth round match.   -  AP

World No.1 Serena Williams made short work of Yaroslava Shvedova en route to her quarterfinals at the US Open. Williams beat Shvedova 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round.

Fifth-seeded Simona Halep beat 11th seed Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals.

The 24-year-old Romanian was broken serving for the match at 5-4 but she broke right back, and after falling behind 0-30 in the 11th game swept the last four points in a row to end it.

Halep, who reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows last year, edged ahead in her rivalry with Suarez Navarro, now leading their head-to-head series 6-5.

“I'm really happy I could win this match. It's really tough to beat her. I just gave everything I had,” Halep said after the match.

The in-form Halep, a three-times winner this year who owns a 23-3 record dating back to start of French Open, will play either top-seeded Serena Williams or unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the quarters.

“The next round will be a very tough one, so I want to enjoy this victory today,” said Halep.

Hard-hitting Czech Karolina Pliskova toppled two-time champion Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) on Monday to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Pliskova, who had never before made it past the third round of a major, derailed seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams's bid to reach the last eight for the second straight year and scuppered a possible semi-final clash between Williams and her sister Serena.