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Beijing Open | Halep trounces Sharapova

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 Russia.

Sharapova, ranked 104 and consequently a wild card entry for the event as she continues her attempts to rebuild her career following a 15-month drug suspension, was no match for Halep who went through to the last eight comfortably 6-2 6-2.

The Romanian sprung out of the blocks and proved too much for Sharapova who was broken to love in the opening game and fell further back in the sixth game as Halep stormed through the first set in just 33-minutes.

Halep held a break point again in the first game of the second but Sharapova fought back but it all proved in vain as Halep took the third game to set her course towards the finish line as she sets her sights on her second title of the season.

In other action, the French Open champion dispatched Sam Stosur in straight sets to cement her place in Singapore.

The Aussie, a former French Open finalist, had her comeback to the tour following an injury, curtailed by 6-3 7-5 loss.

In other early second-round results, Frenchwoman Carolina Garcia beat Belgian Elise Mertens 7-6(4) 6-4.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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