No.2 seed Simona Halep was back to her razor-sharp best in dispatching No.32 seed Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open

Halep will now face a rematch with Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek, who dismissed her 6-1, 6-2 at this stage in Paris in October.


I played much better than the previous one,

Halep noted.

Tomljanovic, she hit a little bit stronger, so it was really tough for me to defend better… I feel more confident after the match against Ajla, because when you stay mentally strong during the matches, you get an extra boost the next one.


Many things I have to do different,

mused Halep on the potential Swiatek meeting.

It was a very fast match in Roland Garros. I didn’t actually feel anything. She was very fast and very strong in that day. But I will forget that match.


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