WTA Tour: Simona Halep claims first career win over Maria Sharapova

by Abel Hampton October 6, 2017, 0:09
WTA Tour: Simona Halep claims first career win over Maria Sharapova

"It was a great match, I think I played my best tennis against her". She plays Belgian Elise Mertens on Wednesday. "I didn't serve well, managed to escape with that first set".

#SAPStatOfTheDay: @Simona_Halep ends her barren run against Sharapova!

Simona Halep has defeated Maria Sharapova for the first time in her career, romping to a 6-2 6-2 win over the Russian in round three of the China Open.

"We know each other's games very well, that's no secret", said the Russian, ranked 104th after returning from a 15-month doping suspension in April. As someone who always fights on court, what do you think of players who don't give it all they have? "The reason I say that is there's some incredible moments, very high moments, and there are very low moments". But I'm feeling good, calm and confident, looking forward to my match against Maria. I felt like I played like that before, and I still can play like that.

Czech twelfth seed Petra Kvitova beat American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-4.

Coco Vandeweghe also withdrew, a back problem causing her to throw in the towel trailing Daria Gavrilova 6-3 2-0, all but ending her chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals.

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"I should have served better to win that (US Open) match". The two previously squared off during the first round of the 2017 US Open. Tuesday's encounter with Makarova was the second time in four days that Sharapova had been forced into a deciding set.

Top seeds Chan Yung-jan and Martina Hingis, bidding to claim their ninth title of the season, had to rally from a set down before defeating Hsieh and Monica Niculescu of Romania 3-6, 6-4, 12-10 in 1 hour, 25 minutes on Moon Court at the National Tennis Center in the Chinese capital.

"It was a tough match - Sam was playing pretty well, and it was hard to win the second set, but in general I'm happy with the way I played and happy to be in the third round", Ostapenko said afterwards.

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