Simona Halep reaches Wuhan second round

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No.4 seed Simona Halep has defeated Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-3,6-2, moving into the round of 16 at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open with a straight-set win.

“I was motivated to go on court and to give everything I have, to play well, to fight for the victory,” Halep told the post-match press conference.

The Romanian tennis player, whose best Wuhan performance so far is a semifinal run in 2016, won against her opponent six times. World No.34 Strycova matched Halep in winners, but had 30 unforced errors to Halep’s 21.

In the round of 16, Halep will face wildcard Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan. 20-year-old Rybakina, who won her first WTA singles title earlier this season in Bucharest, knocked out lucky loser Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in three sets on Tuesday.

It’s a good start,” said Halep, looking back on her win. “I’m looking forward to the next one.”


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