Simona Halep, ranked no. 2 in the world finds her way through first victory in this current season. In Sidney, in the second round she surpassed younger Tennis player Caroline Garcia from France. The match between these two player was quite intense. It lasted almost two hours and it produced many twists. Overall, Halep was able to manage the key moments in her favor. Halep's previous experience throughout the court mattered. Simona Halep won in three sets: 6-4 2-6 6-1.

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Caroline Garcia, ranked 34 in the world had flashes of genius, but couldn't maintain a steady pace. When you're playing against the World no. 2, that might steal the victory from your pocket.

Match summary

The first set was the most balanced of all played. The key moment of the set was in the 5th game when Halep managed to break on her opponent's service. Subsequently, the players made their own service.

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Halep won with 6-4.

The second set started just as balanced as the previous one. However, Caroline Garcia began to be increasingly aggressive. Her balls got more accurate, and Halep lost twice on her own service. In addition, Halep began experiencing pain in the Achilles tendon in her left leg -- a pre-existing health problem. She played somewhat carelessly, and the number of unforced errors grew exponentially.

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Caroline Garcia won the second set 6-2.

The third set was quite unpredictable. Caroline Garcia started well, then Halep requested a recess to get some medical care. After treatment, Halep came back determined to hit the ball decisively. Garcia had no answer against Halep's aggressiveness, as the Romanian tennis star delivered some amazing balls, including a backhand and forehand that ultimately put the game away -- Halep closed the set in a convincing manner 6-1.

Simona Halep, first seed at Apia International Sydney will face in the quaterfinals the fifth seeded Karolina Pliskova. Last year, Pliskova was the runner-up, and was deteated in the final by her compatriot Petra Kvitova in a thrilling match.

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