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Sport Tennis: Birthday girl Halep sails through after slow start

17:36  27 september  2020
17:36  27 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Perfect prep: Halep takes 14-match win streak to French Open

  Perfect prep: Halep takes 14-match win streak to French Open ROME (AP) — Two months of physical training. Then three months of practice on clay courts. Followed by two straight titles on the red dirt. Amid all the tumult of the coronavirus pandemic, Simona Halep might very well have found the perfect formula to prepare for the French Open. When the clay-court Grand Slam tournament begins Sunday, 2018 champion Halep will be on court against 70th-ranked Sara Sorribes Tormo. “I was very strict to theAmid all the tumult of the coronavirus pandemic, Simona Halep might very well have found the perfect formula to prepare for the French Open.

Romanian top seed Simona Halep started slowly before hitting top gear against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo to celebrate her 29th birthday with a breezy 6-4 6-0 win in the opening round of the French Open on Sunday. Against an opponent she had never met before, Halep quickly found herself

Halep quickly reasserted her authority though with the depth and power of her groundstrokes stopping Riske in her tracks -- conceding just 14 "It was good that I came back so strong," Halep , beaten in last year's final by Jelena Ostapenko, told reporters. "I just wanted to relax my arms , because I was

PARIS (Reuters) - Romanian top seed Simona Halep started slowly before hitting top gear against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo to celebrate her 29th birthday with a breezy 6-4 6-0 win in the opening round of the French Open on Sunday.

Simona Halep hitting a ball with a racket: French Open © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU French Open Sara Sorribes Tormo hitting a ball with a racket on a court: French Open © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU French Open

The former world number one, who won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2018, took her unbeaten run to 15, dating back to her Dubai victory in February shortly before the professional circuit shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Is a breast reduction the secret behind world no 4 Simona Halep 's improved tennis game? She is set to play Heather Watson in the second round of the French Open today but it seems that Simona Halep has done more than step up her training regime to be at the top of her game.

I only started following Simona after the Aus Open semis, and I feel like a dirty bandwagoner right now but goddamn she's good. I am so happy for Halep after those many heartbreaking losses.

a woman hitting a ball with a racket: French Open © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU French Open

Against an opponent she had never met before, Halep quickly found herself down 4-2 in the opening set but the Wimbledon champion shifted gears and won the next eight games to complete the victory in an hour and 22 minutes.

Halep completed the win on her second matchpoint when her 23-year-old opponent hit a forehand wide and will next meet the winner of Jil Teichmann and Irina-Camelia Begu.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Andrew Heavens)

Sara Sorribes Tormo on a court with a racket: French Open © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU French Open

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