Halep bounces back again to set Venus clash
After rallying from a set and a break deficit in her first match against Kaia Kanepi, World No.1 Simona Halep kept her Australian Open campaign alive in dramatic fashion once more in the second round, defeating rising American Sofia Kenin, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4.
From 6-3, 3-0 in front, Halep held off a determined effort from the 20-year-old, the youngest player in the Top 50 and recent champion at the Hobart International, and needed to rally form a break down in the decider.
“I have no idea how I won this tonight. It’s so tough to explain, ” Halep said on-court immediately after the match.
“She’s an amazing player and it was really difficult to stay there for every ball and run so much. I just fought, because I wanted to win.”
After earning just her second break of serve in the match overall, Kenin moved two games away from the biggest victory of her career to date, and was two points from a 5-2 lead.
Nonetheless, Halep bounced back and wrestled control away from the rising American, raising her level to set a third round clash against Venus Williams.
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