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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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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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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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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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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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Wimbledon 2018: Simona Halep loses to Hsieh Su-wei in third round

Wimbledon 2018 on the BBC Venue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs and the BBC Sport website and app; Live Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra commentary; Text commentary online. Top seed Simona Halep went out of Wimbledon in the third round after losing an epic three-set battle against Hsieh Su-wei. The Taiwanese world number 48’s serve was broken seven times and she saved a match point before winning 3-6 6-4 7-5 in two…

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Wimbledon 2018: Simona Halep reaches third round with win over Saisai Jheng

Simona Halep has reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the past two years Wimbledon 2018 on the BBC Venue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs and the BBC Sport website and app; Live Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra commentary; Text commentary online. Top seed Simona Halep came from 5-3 down in the opening set to win 10 games in a row and beat China’s Saisai Jheng to reach the third round at Wimbledon.…

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Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Johanna Konta, Kyle Edmund start on Tuesday

Beckham, Willbomb and man stuck in poncho – why we love Wimbledon Wimbledon 2018 on the BBC Venue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs and the BBC Sport website and app; Live Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra commentary; Text commentary online. British number ones Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund begin their Wimbledon campaigns on show courts on Tuesday. Konta, seeded 22nd, faces unseeded Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva on court two at 11:30 BST as…

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French Open 2018: Champion Simona Halep thought chance to win ‘had gone’

After defeats in the 2018 Australian Open final and the 2014 and 2017 French Open finals, Simona Halep has finally won a Grand Slam title French Open 2018 Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app. Simona Halep thought another chance to win her first Grand Slam title “had gone” before she fought back to win the French Open. Halep, 26, was a set and a break down against American 10th seed…

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French Open 2018: Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens in final

Simona Halep had lost three Grand Slam finals before finally winning a major title French Open 2018 Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app. World number one Simona Halep finally won her first Grand Slam title with a gutsy comeback victory over American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open final. Halep, who had lost her three previous major finals, went a set and a break down at Roland Garros.…

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