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Halep Soars Over Schiavone

  • ontennis
  • 30 June 2016
  • 10:06

No.5 seed Simona Halep saw her second round against former World No.4 Francesca Schiavone as one of the many canceled during Wimbledon's extensive rain delays on Wednesday, but made up for lost time in impressive style on Thursday afternoon, needing just over an hour to roar past the Italian veteran, 6-1, 6-1, to reach the third round.

"It was a good match," the Romanian said in her post-match press conference. "I played really well. I was very happy with the way that I mixed the game.

"I think I did pretty well on all what I had to do, because I knew before the match how I have to play."

Schedule on Court No.2 for the second straight day, Halep met the better weather with some sunny play of her own, hitting 18 winners to 14 unforced errors and losing just two games in a straightforward encounter with Schiavone, who was broken six times and forced to do most of the running to counter the Romanian's aggressive tactics.

"I'm not very far," she said when asked to compare her form to 2014, when she reached the semifinals. "But it's a different situation. I'm two years older already, so it's a bit changed. I feel good, I feel prepared, I feel my game, so I feel confidence.

"I just have to go on court and to play my best tennis if I can."

Up next for Halep is Kiki Bertens, who has made a smooth transition from her clay court winning streak - one that ended in the final four of the French Open - with a 6-4, 6-4 second round win win over Mona Barthel.

"It will be a tough one. I know her. She's in good form now. She played semis I think in French Open. It's different here. It's grass. I played against her many years ago, so I don't know her very well.

"But it's gonna be a tough one. It's gonna be a good challenge for me. And why not? I have to believe that I can win it."

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