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Melbourne | Halep eases past Osaka – Kerber survives against Hsieh

The women’s quarter-final places were completed on Monday at the Australian Open, Day 8 of the championships, with an in-form Simona Halep leading the line-up after a fine display against Japan’s Naomi Osaka despite struggling with an ankle problem. The World No 1 injured herself in her first-round match against Destanee Aiava, but has since won three contests, including a three hours and 45 minutes epic against Lauren Davis, to advance to the...

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Melbourne | Halep survives marathon but Barty beaten

Simona Halep, the World No 1, joined the ranks of the come-back kids when she survived a marathon battle with Lauren Davis at the Australian Open on Saturday. “I’m almost dead but it was nice that we could show good tennis,” Halep said in the on-court interview, raising a laugh from the crowd after winning arguably the best match of the championships thus far, a record-equalling 48-game, almost four-hour third-rounder, 4-6 6-4...

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Brisbane | Svitolina cruises to title

Elina Svitolina won the Brisbane International title to give her chances at the first big one of the season in a week’s time, a great boost. She has continued where she left off last year when she picked up five of her 10 career titles and rose to No3 in the world...

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Singapore | Svitolina sends Halep home

The World No 1 met her match on Day 6 of BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and crashed out of the tournament. Elina Svitolina shocked Simona Halep on Friday in straight sets, handing her friend, Caroline Garcia, a place in the semi finals on Saturday. Svitolina, the World No 4 from Ukraine, was already eliminated after losing her first two matches but she took Halep down with her as she won 6-3 6-4 in 71 minutes. Halep needed a victory to keep her campaign alive but the Romanian struggled to click into gear against a...

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Singapore | Wozniacki blitzes Halep – Garcia edges Svitolina

Caroline Wozniacki went into her Day 4 match holding the edge over Simona Halep, having won three of their five matches and took three minutes over the hour to extend her record to four. While the former World No1 prevailed in Dubai in 2012, Stuttgart in 2015 and Eastbourne earlier this year, the current World No1 had won at New Haven in 2013 and Dubai two years later. Rather like Garbiñe Muguruza the day before, Halep didn’t really turn up and was a shadow of the player who opened proceedings in the Red Group on Monday. The Dane had...

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Beijing Open | Garcia on the move

Caroline Garcia won the WTA China Open in Beijing and in the process, has weakened Jo Konta’s grip on a place for the year-ending WTA Championships in Singapore. The unseeded Garcia took out Simona Halep who had done enough during the week to ensure she would be the world number one on Monday, ousting Karolina...

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Beijing Open | Halep trounces Sharapova

Simona Halep, the second seed at this year’s China Open, trounced Maria Sharapova for a place in the quarter-finals in Beijing. It was a milestone victory for the Romanian for she had lost all her previous seven matches against the former world number one from...

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US Open Day 1 | Sharapova shocks Halep

Second-seeded Simona Halep followed Johanna Konta the 7th seed, out of the US Open on Day 1, when the Romanian fell at the hands of Maria Sharapova. Both were among the eight contenders for the World No 1 ranking, and both will feel bitterly disappointed at blowing their respective opportunities. For Sharapova, it was a performance as dazzling as the crystal-encrusted black dress she wore and a signal that the Russian is still a force to be reckoned...

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