Halep safely moves into the third round in Cincinnati


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Yesterday’s WTA action was heavily affected by rain, so Wednesday’s schedule is flooded with matches. The first today’s encounter at the Center Court of the Western & Southern Open saw third seed Simona Halep cruise past Annika Beck 6-3 6-1 and advance to the tournament’s third round.

Since the rain frightened today’s schedule as well and Halep’s match started with a delay, the Romanian knew she had to be quick and her intention actualizes, as she defeated the German in just 55 minutes and extended her winning streak to 11 matches.

After title runs in Bucharest and Montreal, Halep skipped the Rio Olympics, but today she showed that the break didn’t affect her momentum, as she comfortably beat the 44th-ranked Beck, who did convert the one break point she earned, but one was far from enough to beat Halep, who hit seven aces and won 77% of points on first serve, i.e. Beck won just 7 out of 31 points on Halep’s first serve.

Photographer Omar Boraby is in Cincinnati this week for Women’s Tennis Blog and later today he’ll post his photo gallery.


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