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Dubai Championships: Simona Halep loses to Belinda Bencic

Bencic, who has been mentored by Martina Hingis, climbed to seventh in the world in 2016 before suffering a serious wrist injury World number two Simona Halep was knocked out of the Dubai Championships as Swiss youngster Belinda Bencic again showed fight and resilience to reach the semi-finals. Bencic, who saved six match points before beating Aryna Sabalenka in the previous round, won 4-6 6-4 6-2. Halep, 27, struggled with her service game and was broken seven times. Bencic, 21, missed two match points before claiming her third when the…

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Qatar Open: Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep to win her biggest tour title

Elise Mertens had lost in the first round of the Qatar Open in 2018 Elise Mertens has claimed the biggest title of her career by beating top seed Simona Halep to win the Qatar Open. Mertens, 23, recovered from a set and a break down – losing 18 points in a row at one stage in the second set – to beat the world number three 3-6 6-4 6-3. World number 21 Mertens also overcame a lengthy medical time-out for a back issue in the first set. “Simona is a…

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Mertens stuns Halep to lift Qatar Open title

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Qatar Open – Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – February 16, 2019 Belgium’s Elise Mertens in action during the Final against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari DOHA (Reuters) – Belgium’s Elise Mertens rallied from a set down to beat top seed Simona Halep 3-6 6-4 6-3 and clinch her first Premier-level title at the Qatar Open on Saturday. After both players dropped their opening service game, Halep took control of the encounter by winning 18 consecutive points from 3-3 to…

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Simona Halep beats Venus and will face Serena Williams

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. Top seed Simona Halep set up a highly-anticipated Australian Open last-16 match with Serena Williams by beating the American’s older sister Venus. The 27-year-old Romanian eased to a 6-2 6-3 victory, winning in straight sets for the first time at this year’s tournament. Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the…

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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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