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Tennis: Top seed Halep digs deep against impressive Kenin to advance

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Top seed Simona Halep staved off a spirited challenge from American youngster Sofia Kenin to prevail 6-3 6-7(5) 6-4 in the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday and set up a showdown with former world number one Venus Williams next. Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2019. Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates after winning the match against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi The Romanian has struggled for form and fitness since her first-round defeat at the…

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Australian Open 2019: Simona Halep survives scare to beat Sofia Kenin to advance

Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January. World number one Simona Halep survived a scare to beat American Sofia Kenin and reach the Australian Open third round. The Romanian had been cruising to victory after leading by a set and a break before finding herself a break down in the third. She kept…

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Coach-less Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep, flying solo after parting ways with coach Darren Cahill, feels refreshed after a long lay-off to recover from a back injury but also concedes she has risked her Australian Open campaign with scant preparations. Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 10, 2019 – Simona Halep of Romania during practice. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon French Open champion Halep warmed up for her run to the final at Melbourne Park last year by winning the Shenzhen Open in southern China but…

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WTA roundup: Barty upsets No. 1 Halep in Sydney

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty stunned world No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during the third round match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge Barty converted four of her seven break chances and struck 26 winners in the 6-4, 6-4 victory, compared to just nine winners by the top-seeded Romanian. It wasn’t the day’s only upset. Qualifier Yulia…

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Simona Halep: World number one loses to Ashleigh Barty at Sydney International

Simona Halep failed to convert nine of her 11 break points in the defeat by Ashleigh Barty Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January. World number one Simona Halep’s first match in more than three months ended in defeat by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty at the Sydney International. The Romanian, who cut short her…

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Halep falls to Barty in Sydney second round

FILE PHOTO: Simona Halep of Romania at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY/File Photo (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep crashed to a straight-sets defeat against unseeded Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. Halep, playing in her first tournament since a back injury cut short her 2018 season, lost 6-4 6-4 in 87 minutes with the result dealing a blow to her Australian Open preparations. Australian Barty, who is ranked…

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Halep to begin new season without coach after Cahill quits

(Reuters) – Simona Halep will be without a coach for the first few months of the 2019 season after Australian Darren Cahill left her team due to “family reasons”, the world number one said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Simona Halep of Romania at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY/File Photo Halep, who is gearing up for the Australian Open by playing in this week’s Sydney International, has worked with the former Australia Davis Cup captain since 2016…

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Halep withdraws from WTA Finals, Bertens to make debut

(Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep pulled out of next week’s WTA Finals due to a lower back injury on Thursday, handing first alternate Kiki Bertens a spot at the season-ending eight-woman event in Singapore for the first time. FILE PHOTO: Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates with the French Open trophy at Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo “The decision was tough for sure,” the 27-year-old Romanian said on her verified Twitter account of an injury sustained during training ahead of the Wuhan Open last…

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Tennis: Halep suffers herniated disc

(Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep’s participation in this month’s WTA Finals was thrown into doubt after a scan on Tuesday revealed she had suffered a herniated disc in her back. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2018 Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning the second round match against China’s Saisai Zheng REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo French Open champion Halep was injured while training at last week’s Wuhan Open, where she lost in the second round to Slovakia’s Dominika…

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US Open 2018: Simona Halep knocked out by Kaia Kanepi in first round

World number one Simona Halep has been knocked out in the US Open first round, losing 6-2 6-4 to Kaia Kanepi. The Romanian’s serve was broken five times as she fell to a shock defeat in the first match on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at Flushing Meadows. She fought back from a double break down to 4-4 in the second set but the Estonian broke again before Halep sent a forehand long on match point. Halep is the first top-seeded woman to lose in the first round in New…

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