Halep hails 'inspiring' Venus
Simona Halep beat Venus Williams 2-0 to reach the last eight of the Miami Open and was full of praise for the American afterwards.
Halep will return to the top of the WTA rankings if she wins the tournament in Florida and she made light work of three-time winner Williams in the last 16, claiming a 6-3 6-3 success in just over an hour.
The win may have appeared straightforward for the Romanian world number three, but Halep says she had to be at the top of her game to overcome Williams.
"In previous matches she hit the ball very strong, and also the serve today was a little bit different," she said, as reported by the WTA website. "At one point she was playing very high, and it was not easy. But I just had to adjust myself to the game, and I think I did it pretty well."
"It's actually something that I have to admire, because her game is just to hit, and she's very strong on that way - and today she started to change some things.
"It's inspiring because she's still focused and she really sees the game and she knows how to play against every player."
Halep will take the world number one spot if she wins the Miami Open, or if she reaches the final and loses to any player other than world number two Petra Kvitova.
The 27-year-old will face China's Wang Qiang in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
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