Halep draws Romania level

World No.3 Simona Halep drew Romania level in the second rubber of Fed Cup first round action, as she ran off the last seven games to defeat Katerina Siniakova, 6-4, 6-0 in Ostrava.

Earlier, World No.5 Karolina Pliskova got the defending champions Czech Republic off to a strong start, as she defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu, 6-1, 6-4, in the first rubber of the World Group tie.

I think I played good tennis, and did what I had to against her,” Halep said.

“It was difficult emotionally, because this is Fed Cup and it always feels different. She’s a difficult opponent, with her flat hitting and you can’t read the serve that easy, but in the end I got the timing.

On Sunday, Halep will face Czech No.1 Karolina Pliskova and is aiming for her 18th Fed Cup victory.