In her opening WTA match of 2021, World No.2 Simona Halep started off her season superbly

The No.1 seed at the Gippsland Trophy faced a tough test from Russia’s Anastasia Potapova in their first meeting before ultimately prevailing 6-4, 6-4, and claiming a spot in the round of 16 at the WTA 500 event.

I needed this victory, because I didn’t play an official match since October of last year, so it’s been a long time

a smiling Halep said, during her on-court post-match interview.

I just wanted to feel the court, feel the game. I knew that it was going to be a difficult match, [Potapova] hits very strong.


It was not easy, but I tried my best, and I’m happy to go through

Halep concluded, as she looks forward to a third-round tilt against either No.16 seed Laura Siegemund of Germany or Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava.



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