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Halep reaches Budapest QFs

Surging Romanian Simona Halep was among Wednesday's quarterfinal victors at the $235,000 Hungarian Grand Prix tennis event.

The third seed leveled Hungarian wild card Agnes Bukta 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 50 minutes on the red clay at Romai Tennis Academy.

The 21-year-old Halep has now won 13 of her last 14 matches on the WTA, including her first-ever titles in Nuremberg, Germany, and Den Bosch, Netherlands, in back-to-back weeks last month.

Her quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be Hungary's Timea Babos.

Also on Day 3, fourth-seeded German Annika Beck whipped Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 6-3, Austrian Yvonne Meusburger ousted fifth-seeded Swede Johanna Larsson 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Babos doused seventh-seeded Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Beck will meet Meusburger in the round of eight.

The 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix champion will earn $40,000.