No.2 seed Simona Halep swept past Australian wildcard, Lizette Cabrera, 6-2 6-1 in 59 minutes to start the night session at Rod Laver Arena

Halep – who showed no sign of the back injury that had visibly hampered her in last week’s Gippsland Trophy quarterfinal loss to Ekaterina Alexandrova – completed a 59-minute dismissal to set up a second-round date with another home player, World No.72 Ajla Tomljanovic.


I like to be here, so I like to play Australians,

laughed Halep.

I feel good. My body is fit. It’s always difficult to play a big hitter. So I have to be strong on my legs, focus on myself and give my best.


I expect a tough match because I played against her before and I know how it’s gonna be. She’s a good opponent, a good player, and I will focus just on myself like I do every time, but I’m ready for a good battle.


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