Simona Halep is currently playing in the eighth round of the Australian Open with the Polish Iga Swiatek, the one who eliminated the Romanian without the right to appeal at the last edition of Roland Garros, score 6-1, 6-2, finally winning the trophy.
The match started with the Pole at work. Halep had two chances to break the score 3-3, but missed. Iga was the one who made a break at zero, for 5-3. Without any problems, the Pole then closed the set in his favor on his own service.
LIVE SCORE Halep – Swiatek, 3 – 6, 0 – 0
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Swiatek qualified for the round of 16 in Melbourne on Friday after beating France’s Fiona Ferro, 46 WTA, 6-4, 6-3.
Simona and Iga have met twice before, each time on Parisian slag, the score being equal.
Statements before the duel
“I will play as well as I can against Simona, that’s all I focus on, in the next game. I didn’t look at the picture, I didn’t want to put pressure or have expectations. I said I’d take it game by game.
In an interview with Eurosport, Simona Halep prefaced the possible dispute with Swiatek. At that moment, the Polish game had just started, so the Romanian talked about a potential duel.
“I didn’t think about how I would play with Swiatek because I didn’t know if I would win. In addition, it also depends on her match whether she will win or not, but it will be a difficult match because she was somehow very strong at Roland Garros and the match went fast, I didn’t feel much, but I hope I will be much better in this match and I will talk to the team to see what I can do better, to stay in the match much better and why not to win. I have confidence, I feel much better than in the previous match, I am confident, I am happy and I hope to give my best to win “, said our champion.
Simona Halep qualified without emotions on Friday in the eighth round of the Australian Open.
Halep passed in the 3rd round in Melbourne by the Russian Veronika Kudermetova, 36th place WTA.
The match, which lasted one hour and 18 minutes, ended with a score of 6-1, 6-3.
The Romanian dominated the first set, winning 6-1, after losing the inaugural game. The game was more balanced in the second act, in which Kudermetova was a bit more accurate and Halep was more wrong. The Russian started with a break, but Halep came back and won two games in a row. Kudermetova made it 3-2, a break to zero, and missed a 4-2 ball, and Halep restored the tie, 3-3. Game eight, at 4-3 for Simona, was decisive for the fate of the set, the Romanian finally managing the break at her third chance, and then ended the match (6-3).
Halep created no less than 13 break points, of which he scored 6. His opponent converted 2 of 4. Halep finished with several straight winning balls, 21-17, and fewer unforced errors, 12 -38.
This was the first match between the Romanian player and Kudermetova (23 years old, 36 WTA).
Halep secured a check for A $ 320,000 and 240 WTA points.
“Special thanks to the fans tonight. Round four, we are coming … “, Simona Halep transmitted on social networks, after the victory.
Sorana Cirstea was defeated by the Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4, in the third round of the Australian Open tournament, on Friday, in Melbourne.
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