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Another Breakthrough For Halep

May 29, 2014
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PARIS, France - World No.4 Simona Halep continued her impressive form and reached the third round of the French Open for the first time with a straight set triumph over soon-to-be British No.1 Heather Watson on Thursday.

The Plot
The last time Halep and Watson faced off, the Romanian survived a three-set duel in the first round of last year's US Open.

Halep came into this clash fresh off a 60 62 rout of Alisa Kleybanova in her Roland Garros opener, while Watson was a straight-set winner over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova after coming through qualifying.

Turning Point
Halep got up an early break and cruised to a first set win. After going down a break in the second set, Halep won three straight games and never gave up her lead, going on to a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 victory.

By The Numbers
Halep won 75% of her first serve points, while Watson made good on just 49%. And though her break point percentage wasn't great, Halep managed to secure five of them out of 13 chances compared to two out of six for Watson. Halep has now won eight of her past nine matches dating back to her run to the title in Madrid.

Quotes
"I feel very good. I'm 100% here," Halep said. "That's why I stopped in Rome, to be ready to play here. I have had two good matches here. The second set was a little bit difficult today and I was a little nervous. But I served well and that was good.

"There is a little pressure, but I just want to stay focused for every match because here every match is very tough. It's a tough tournament, and I have to play my best. I expect every match to be difficult, so I cannot say that I'm thinking about the finals or anything like that."

What's Next
Halep has her maiden encounter with Spain's María-Teresa Torró-Flor.


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