Halep hurries past Osaka in Rome second round

Evarado Alatorre
May 17, 2018

"She has a very solid game plan for me".

Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna, who also ranks in the world's top 100, slammed Mrozinska on social media.

Romanian Professional Tennis player, Simona Halep/ photo credit: surge.ngRomanian Simona Halep, WTA number 1 has shown off her skills on Japan's Naomi Osaka with a strong trounce at the WTA Italian Open in Rome, bringing their match to an end within an hour in a big 6-1, 6-0 win in the second round of the tournament.

Simona needed a few games to set her range, saving four break points in game two and winning all 12 games up from that moment!

"I just tried to build my points, to build a little bit of space and open the court, and tried to make winners", Halep said. I couldn't play my best tennis, and she played with confidence there.

Osaka attempted to fight her way back in after falling 2-0 down in the second, but Halep twice saved break points and swiftly sealed victory. "I just want to play like today".

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The Romanian will next play either Croatian Donna Vekic or American Madison Keys for a place in the quarter-finals.

World number two Caroline Wozniacki began her campaign with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over Belgian Alison van Uytvanck.

The 26-year-old Romanian is on a defense course to keep her WTA number 1 title and must do everything to get to the quarter-finals of the tournament at least to maintain her ranking.

A decade after they last met in Rome, Maria Sharapova once again did enough to secure a victory over Dominika Cibulkova in three sets.

And with that, the 20-year-old's chance was gone.

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