Simona Halep joins Thiem in the round of 16.


Top seeded Dominic Thiem and Simona Halep have reached the round of 16 at the ATP and WTA Citi Open after getting victories in straight-set.

Both had a comfortable game crusing to the round of 16 in Tuesday’s showdown.

Austria’s seventh-ranked Thiem,who had success in the last French Open in June, wasn’t bothered by the rain and only needed only 63 minutes to dispatch 96th-ranked Swiss Henri Laaksonen 6-3, 6-3.


Halep who also had a decent show at this year’s French Open runner-up, took only 79 minutes to oust US wildcard Sloane Stephens 7-6 (7/3), 6-0.

“It was a tough first set. I was missing a little bit too much and she made some shots,” Halep said. “Didn’t have the rhythm at the beginning, but I feel better now, she said.