Simona Halep, currently ranked as no. 7 WTA managed to qualify to the third round of the Premier Mandatory tournament in Madrid. Simona Halep put in a consistent game on the Spanish red clay.  After a disappointing start of the season, the former no. 2 WTA needs to get back on track. In the second round at Madrid Open, Halep played against Karin Knapp. The Italian Tennis player, currently ranked as 75 WTA, had little to say in terms of tennis during today's match.

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A match dominated by Simona Halep

In the opening set, Halep began hesitantly, and Knapp broke on the opponents serve. Then, everything simply changed. Halep took the strings of the match and manage to win 6 games in a row. In just 28 minutes, The Romanian star had won the first set 6-1.The second flowed in the same direction: Halep dictating the terms. The outcome was similar to the previous set.

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Halep also took the second set 6-1. In just an hour, the match was settled. Now, Halep is leading with 2-0 in head to head meetings against Karin Knapp. They played for the first time against each other at the Australian Open 2015 in the first round. Halep won that match in straight sets 6-3 6-2.

What comes next for Halep

Simona Halep's ups and downs fit a very discussed pattern lately: in tournaments where she has few WTA points to defend, her game is more relaxed.

Last year, at Mutua Madrid Open, she was defeated in the first round by Alize Cornet (back in 2014 Halep was the runner-up). So, according to the pattern, this year Halep might have a decent run since she won't be bearing that much pressure on her shoulders. So far, she is doing what expected. However, next match will be very intense: Timea Bacsinzksy, Swiss player ranked as No.15 WTA, who has recently surpassed Halep in the quarterfinals at Miami, will stand on the other side of the net. 

If she wins the next match, Halep can bump into one of her fellow compatriots in the quarterfinalsIrina-Camelia Begu (34 WTA) has also qualified for the 3rd round and will face Christina McHale (59 WTA).

Begu has already left two well-known victims in Madrid. In the first round, Eugenie Bouchard succumbed, and yesterday, Garbine Muguruza gave up, both matches being some true 3 sets thrillers.

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