NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam match in 19 months with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 upset of second-seeded Simona Halep in a 2-hour, 44-minute first-round encounter at the U.S. Open on Monday. The 30-year-old Sharapova served a 15-month suspension for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, the last Grand Slam tournament she played. She hadn't play a match since until the Stuttgart tournament in April. Ranked 146th, Sharapova’s appearance at the U.S. Open is by virtue of a gifted wild-card entry. The U.S.-based Russian was uncharacteristica  "Despite not playing a lot of matches coming into this, it almost seemed like I had no right to win this match today. And I somehow did. I think that is what I'm most proud of."

MELBOURNE, Australia — World No. 1 Simona Halep saved three match points to survive a 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 battle of attrition against American Lauren Davis in the longest-timed women’s match of this year’s Australian Open on Saturday. The match lasted 3 hours, 45 minute before Halep finally took advantage of her first match point at 14-13, 40-30 when Davis sailed a forehand wide. The encounter equaled the longest women’s match ever in terms of games at the Australian Open with 48. The last time a women’s match had that many games was in 1996 when Chanda Rubin defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-4,

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It only seemed as if Simona Halep made history Monday in a New York minute. Actually, it took all of 76 minutes for her to become the first No. 1 women’s seed in the history of the United States Open to lose in the first round, falling by 6-2, 6-4 to Kaia Kanepi. As Halep’s trademark on-court soap operas go, the stunning upset was still swift, almost routine. Kanepi, a 33-year-old Estonian who is ranked No. 44, dominated a sluggish Halep in the first set before halting her rally to 4-4 from 0-3 in the second in the first main-draw match at the new Louis Armstrong Stadium. How to explain Halep’

SIMONA HALEP: That a loss is not like you lose the battle. I have to learn what I have done wrong today and just looking forward for tomorrow. It’s a new day. And that I have enough power to move forward even if I lost today. And to believe in myself. He always told me that. Actually, I met him few years ago before No. 1 and Grand Slam, and his words help me a lot always. Q. Just can you talk through the match today?  SIMONA HALEP: Yeah, I think she played really well today. I found the rhythm after the second set. I felt like I can win that match. But after that first game, I lost a lot of energy, those balls, and I feel like I rushed a little bit more after, and I made some mistakes. Then she dominated the match. I think I played a little bit wrong. I was running too much and too defensive. But it’s everything I could do today, and I just want to chill now and then to see how I have to play better against her.

SIMONA HALEP: Yeah, I am. I did 100% what I could today. That's why I can say that I'm not sad for that. I'm sad that I lost the match, I was not the winner. But, you know, life goes on. For sure in the future, if I keep working like this and I keep playing like this, I will be in a good position again. Q. You said in your speech after the French Open last year, Maybe I wasn't ready. Did you feel ready today? SIMONA HALEP: Yes, I felt ready. But the body was not ready because I had so many long matches. The muscles were tired. The feet were not good enough.

Halep is all in—and that is why it’s so often been hard to witness her anguish. So it was good to see hard work rewarded today. But while we might look back and ponder the 6-1 score of the final set as an easy time of it, there’s rarely anything easy about watching Halep try to close out a match. Early on, Halep was searching for answers all over the court. Meanwhile, Stephens was dictating brilliantly.  Steve, what do you think happened that helped turn the match around for Halep? ENCORE—Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to win her first Grand Slam title: Joel, You’re right about the sympathy that Halep makes us feel.

Today in New Delhi, India. Apr 20, 2019-Saturday. -°C.  World No. 2 Simona Halep outclassed Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to give Romania a 1-0 lead in their Fed Cup semi-final against France. French captain Julien Benneteau took a gamble on Mladenovic, who reached the top 10 in late 2017 but had won only 24 of her last 70 matches to slip to 66. Mladenovic had won three of her five encounters with Halep but on Saturday struggled in her service games and did not have the tools to stop the Romanian steamroller. In the second match on Saturday, France’s Caroline Garcia, ranked No. 21 in the world faced Mihaela Buzarnescu, the No. 30. First

Top-seeded Simona Halep served for the match four times before prevailing 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 over American Lauren Davis in a marathon third round match at Rod Laver Arena. The two broke a record, playing the most games of any women's match in Australian Open history. Halep said she was "almost dead" after the match that went three hours and 45 minutes. Halep ended up running over four kilometers throughout the match. The winner for Halep #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/30d0tsMiiy. — SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) January 20, 2018. “My muscles are gone. My ankle - I don’t know how it is because I

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Simona Halep live score (and video online live stream*), schedule and results from all tennis tournaments that Halep S. played. We’re still waiting for Simona Halep opponent in next match. It will be shown here as soon as the official schedule becomes available. When the match starts, you will be able to follow Simona Halep livescore, updated point-by-point.  In match details we offer link to watch online Simona Halep live stream, sponsored by bet365. Please note that the intellectual property rights to stream such events are usually owned at a country level and therefore, depending on your location, there may be certain events that you may be unable to view due to such restrictions. Simona Halep was born on - () in Constanta, Romania; currently residing in Constanta, Romania. Halep S. is Right-Handed player, and currently ranked on 2. place on WTA rankings with 5782 points.

Simona Halep surges back against Sloane Stephens to win French Open. Read more. Facebook. Twitter. 4.34pm BST 16:34. “I see Darren [Cahill] there with the Romanian flag,” Halep says. She adds that she’s really like to play another final at Roland Garros “because this is my favorite court, it’s a really beautiful one”.  As much as Halep has looked a little tight in this match, Stephens has been superb. If Halep is committing errors, it’s because her opponent has put her under so much pressure she needs to switched on for every point in order to beat her. A welcome hold for Halep after Stephens nets at 40-30. Facebook. Twitter. 2.34pm BST 14:34. First set: Simona Halep 1-4 *Sloane Stephens (*denotes server).

Mladenovic, Kristina - Simona Halep — 20.04.2019 live stream ☝ tennis online : Live Scores ☝ Match today ☝ Results ✔️ Players ✔️ Statistics ✔️ Goals ⚽ 777score.ng.  Summary. Mladenovic, Kristina (France)031. Simona Halep (Romania)266. 1st set (3:6). 1 : 0. 0:15, 0:30, 0:40, 15:40, 30:40, 40:40, A:40, 40:40, A:40. 1 : 1. 15:0, 15:15, 15:30, 15:40, 30:40, 40:40, 40:A, 40:40, 40:A. 2 : 1.

PARIS -- Simona Halep kept telling everybody who would listen: She was a different player. She was stronger mentally. She wanted so much to finally win a Grand Slam title and was sure that, one day, she would. After three losses in major finals, maybe Halep was trying to convince herself as much as anyone else she actually could do it. Either way, she was right. Halep added Grand Slam trophy No. 1 to her No. 1 ranking, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Saturday and win the French Open championship in a match made up of lengthy points and key momentum

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Halep-Stephens match full match highlights. Watch full match highlights of the women's final at the French Open that saw Simona Halep of Romania defeated Sloane Stephens of the U.S. Tennis. Highlights. Up next: 2018 French Open. 2018 French Open. 2:44. Halep-Stephens match full match highlights Tennis.

Simona Halep (Romanian pronunciation: [siˈmona haˈlep]; born 27 September 1991) is a Romanian professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on two separate occasions between 2017 and 2019. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on October 9, 2017. On her second occasion, she held the ranking for 48 consecutive weeks. In total, she has been No. 1 for 64 weeks, which ranks tenth in the history of female tennis. Halep was the year-end No. 1

World No.1 Simona Halep got a chance to meet legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli ahead of her first match at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. READ MORE. May 2018 Player of the Month: Simona Halep. World No.1 Simona Halep is now a Grand Slam champion, and she’s also your Player of the Month for a second time this season. READ MORE. May 2018 Shot of the Month: Simona Halep. Quick feet and quick hands won Simona Halep a big point in the Rome semifinals – and also earned your votes as the May WTA Shot of the Month presented by Cambridge Global Payments. READ MORE. Cahill: Simona Halep modeled her seaso  Simona Halep has the chance to take the top spot with a strong run at Wimbledon. Watch her practice ahead of her third-round match today. READ MORE. Inside the Numbers: Simona Halep's quest for No.1.

Maria Sharapova collapsed into tears after beating Simona Halep on Monday night. Elsa / Getty Images. An emotional Maria Sharapova collapsed to the court in tears after knocking out Simona Halep in a show-stopping return to Grand Slam tennis on Monday night. The first-round US Open blockbuster certainly lived up to the hype under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium, with Sharapova ultimately overpowering Halep and winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in her first Grand Slam appearance since serving a 15-month doping ban. The 2006 champion had looked set to win in straight sets when she led 4-1 in the second on  "It almost seemed like I had no right to win this match today. And I somehow did. I think that is what I'm most proud of.

She won her fourth round match against WTA #1 Simona Halep. In the first set, Serena rolled Simona, but then Simona fought back in the second and third sets. That was the hardest Serena has had to fight since she came back post-pregnancy, and yes, I’m saying that she fought harder here, tennis-wise, than she did in last year’s US Open and Wimbledon finals. It was a really, really good match. Here’s the final game: While Halep was Serena’s toughest opponent thus far, there’s been a lot of emotion on court from Serena and around Serena. She’s consoled TWO different crying players at the net afte

Halep had already played two marathon matches in her run to the final and received treatment midway through the second set before recovering sufficiently to level the match. Then Wozniacki took a medical timeout after the Romanian had moved 4-3 ahead with a break in the see-sawing decider. EPA.  "Simona, I know it's a tough day."I'm sorry but I had to win today."It was an incredible match, an incredible fight and again, I'm sorry." Halep, who also went into the match with two previous final defeats, both at the French Open, said: "It's not easy to speak now. "I want to congratulate Caroline. She played amazing. "It's been a great tournament for me. I started not very well with an ankle injury. "I just wanted to give my best for every match, which I did."I'm really happy I could play the final. "Of course I

Simona Halep has the chance to take the top spot with a strong run at Wimbledon. Watch her practice ahead of her third-round match today. -A +A. WTA Staff. LONDON, Great Britain - For the third tournament in a row, Simona Halep has the opportunity to take the No.1 ranking for the first time in her career.  If the final next Saturday is contested between Halep and Kerber, they will be playing for the No.1 ranking as well as the Wimbledon title. Not that it's preying on the 25-year-old - indeed, Halep is deliberately putting the possibility out of her mind. "I'm not thinking about that. I had some chances also in the final in French Open, but I didn't get it," she told the press after her second-round win over Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Eugenie Bouchard; Simona Halep Getty Images. Eugenie Bouchard takes notice on Instagram of the support she gets from her fans. So it’s not a surprise one tried for the ultimate acknowledgment. According to WTA Insider reporter Courtney Nguyen, a fan yelled out a mid-match proposal to Bouchard on Wednesday during a tense moment in a loss to Simona Halep in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. “PSA: 5-4* in the tiebreak is not the time to yell ‘Genie when will you marry me? Simona said no.’ The Halep Glare was choice,” Nguyen wrote on Twitter. Speaking after the hard-fought, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Simona Halep, ranked No. 2 in the world and seeded No. 2 at the BNP Paribas Open women’s event, was another victim of the upsets that swept women’s No. 1 Naomi Osaka and men’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic out of the tournament Tuesday. Pressed by unseeded Czech left-hander Marketa Vondrousova in their fourth-round match on Court 2, Halep wilted. Vondrousova, 19, moved on to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory that left Halep in tears. Advertisement. “I suffer for every loss. So I think it's a good thing,” Halep said. “I found the rhythm after the second set.  “I remember we were talking after my second-round match and we just said, prepare something in case I win today. So I wrote down a couple of things, took me two, three minutes,” he said. “Didn't actually look at it until after the match today. So I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what are the lyrics again? What are the words?’

SIMONA HALEP has revealed why she was laughing after saving two match points on her way to the Australian Open final.  They were the fourth and fifth match points the Romanian has saved this tournament after she withstood three in another remarkable battle against Lauren Davis in round three. On why she was laughing, Halep said: “I smiled. I said ‘maybe I can do it again’, in my mind. “It helped me a little bit to relax and to take it like it is.

In Halep's case, she was the first player who had saved match points in multiple matches to have reached the final. She saved triple match point and rallied in the third set to beat Laura Davis 15-13 in the third set of her third-round match, and also needed to save match points in her semifinal against Angelique Kerber. Wozniacki saved match points in her second-round victory against Jana Fett and later said she was relaxed because for the rest of the tournament she was "playing with the house money." So both players rolled the dice in the 2-hour, 49-minute final, which feature

World number one Simona Halep survived an epic battle with unseeded American Lauren Davis to reach the Australian Open fourth round. The Romanian, 26, had to save three match points in the decider before eventually winning 4-6 6-4 15-13 after three hours and 45 minutes. The final set lasted 142 minutes before Halep finally served out the match at the fourth attempt. "I never played a third set so long. I'm almost dead," she said. "My muscles are gone. I don't know how my ankle is because I can't feel it any more." The contest equalled the women's singles

SIMONA Halep believes the match point in her Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Britain’s Johanna Konta should have been replayed after a fan screamed out, causing the Romanian to check her stride and shot.  Halep was obviously distracted by the call and looked to umpire Kader Nouni to rule the point to be replayed. But no call was forthcoming and Konta too looked bemused as she walked to the net after her 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 win, which made her the first British woman to reach the semi-finals in 39 years. “I thought he’s going to repeat the point. I think it’s normal to repeat the point when someone is screaming like that,” said Halep. And Simona Halep wasn’t happy.Source:Getty Images. Johanna Konta pulled off a big upset.Source:Getty Images. “He said, We cannot replay.

Simona Halep beat Ashleigh Barty in straight sets to move into WTA Rogers Cup final. (Source: USA Today Sports). A weary Simona Halep, upset over how her matches are scheduled, beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final Rogers Cup final. The top-ranked Romanian will play for the title Sunday against the third-ranked Sloane Stephens in a rematch of Halep’s victory in the French Open final. Advertising. Stephens, preparing for her US Open title defense, beat fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3. Halep reached the Rogers Cup final for the third time in four years. She won the la

World number one Simona Halep survived an epic battle with unseeded American Lauren Davis to reach the Australian Open fourth round. The Romanian, 26, had to save three match points in the decider before eventually winning 4-6 6-4 15-13 after three hours and 45 minutes. The final set lasted 142 minutes before Halep finally served out the match at the fourth attempt. "I never played a third set so long. I'm almost dead," she said. "My muscles are gone. I don't know how my ankle is because I can't feel it any more." The contest equalled the women's singles

Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska expressed anger at having to play in "impossible" conditions after their fourth-round exits at the French Open. Former Roland Garros finalist Halep was defeated by Sam Stosur and second seed Radwanska was stunned by Tsvetana Pironkova on Tuesday in matches which started 48 hours earlier.  Halep never recovered from a 7-0 drubbing in the first set tie-break and 2010 runner-up Stosur closed out the second with a single break of serve to reach the last eight in the French capital for the first time since 2012. French Open contenders. Can anyone stop Serena?  "No one cares about the players, in my opinion. I don't care that I lost the match today, but I was close to getting injured with my back, so that's a big problem. But, like I said, no one cares. We have just to go and play. "The court was not good. The balls were wet, completely wet during the match.

Roland-Garros – Follow the Tennis match between Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens live with Eurosport. The match starts at 15:00 on 9 June 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. Head-to-head: see historical stats and visit our detailed profiles for Simona Halep vs Sloane Stephens. Get all the latest on Tennis: fixtures, results and tables. 30.  It's been a pleasure taking you through the women's French Open final on a day to remember for Simona Halep. Be sure to join us again tomorrow when Rafa Nadal will go in search of his 11th title at Roland Garros against Dominic Thiem. Our live minute-by-minute coverage starts at 1.30pm here on eurosport.co.uk. Bye for now! 16.44. Watch - the moment halep seals victory. Video - ‘Her destiny is realised’ – the moment Halep won her maiden Grand Slam. 02:20. 16.42. 'Halep released the shackles'.

Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world Number 3. Halep first broke into the world's top 50 at the end of 2012, the top 20 in August 2013, and then the top 10 in January 2014. She won her first 6 WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013, being named the WTA's Most Improved Player at its end, as well as being named ESPN Center Court's 2013 Most Improved Player. Halep reached the 2014 French Open final, her first Grand Slam final, where she played against Maria Sharapova. She lost this final in three sets. She also reached the final

Simona Halep .. Down at 1-5 to winning it 7-5 in the second set ! Champ !  Polona didn't win but she gave it all playing against Simona Halep What a match! I hope Polona can come back stronger and more determined! Side note: low-key appreciating Polona's badass tattoos #polonahercog #simonahalep #MiamiOpen #miamiopen2019 pic.twitter.com/g37mfMZygv.  A happy @Simona_Halep after her @MiamiOpen match today pic.twitter.com/iua2ktuKjT. 0 replies 1 retweet 5 likes. Reply.

Simona Halep has played only one match since September in the run up to Australia Open. Halep lost 6-4 6-4 to Australia's Ashleigh Barty at the Sydney International. Halep will play Kaia Kanepi, the same woman who knocked her out of the first round of the U.S. Open. World number one Simona Halep, flying solo after parting ways with coach Darren Cahill, feels refreshed after a long lay-off to recover from a back injury but also concedes she has risked her Australian Open campaign with scant preparations. French Open champion Halep warmed up for her run to the final at Melbourne Park last y

Simona Halep Latest News and Updates, Special Reports, Videos & Photos of Simona Halep on India TV. Articles on Simona Halep, Complete Coverage on Simona Halep.  Halep was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Monday in a match that was stunningly lopsided and lasted all of 76 minutes. Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal continue to reign supreme in tennis rankings. Tennis | August 27, 2018 17:20 IST. The top in both the WTA and ATP rankings remain unchanged with all the players holding on to their spots. Novak Djokovic wins in Cincinnati, Simona Halep's match suspended. Tennis | August 16, 2018 11:46 IST. Djokovic overcame an upset stomach and a sluggish first set Wednesday, beating Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 before heavy rain ha

Simona Halep said she felt “almost dead” at the end but the world No 1’s Australian Open hopes are still alive after she survived a remarkable third-round encounter with Lauren Davis here on Saturday. The Romanian and the American fought toe-to-toe in Rod Laver Arena for three and three-quarter hours before Halep won 4-6, 6-4, 15-13, having saved three match points and failed.  Simona Halep said she felt “almost dead” at the end but the world No 1’s Australian Open hopes are still alive after she survived a remarkable third-round encounter with Lauren Davis here on Saturday. The Romanian and the American fought toe-to-toe in Rod Laver Arena for three and three-quarter hours before Halep won 4-6, 6-4, 15-13, having saved three match points and failed to serve out for victory three times. The final set alone lasted two hours and 22 minutes.

Simona Halep, 25, had breast reduction surgery to go from a 34DD to a 34C. Had operation aged 17 to improve her reaction times on court in bid to win titles. She quickly rose up the world rankings and made finals of grand slams. Her coach said the reduction surgery was 'an important part of her career'. Today she was beaten by British ace Jo Konta in thrilling match on Centre Court. By Anthony Joseph for MailOnline and Tom Kelly for the Daily Mail. Published: 16:32 EDT, 11 July 2017 | Updated: 16:37 EDT, 11 July 2017.

SIMONA Halep is one of the favourites for the Australian Open title – but she may not be competing if it wasn't for a boob job.  Simona Halep, 26, is world number one and is hoping to put Canadian Eugenie Bouchard to the sword tomorrow morning in the second round. She easily beat Aussie Destanee Aiava in the first round in Melbourne yesterday. The little Romanian owes her success to surgery on her 34DD breasts back when she was 17. GETTY. BEFORE AND AFTER: Halep back in 2008, left, and at last year's Wimbledon. “It’s the weight that troubles me”. Simona Halep. Halep went under the knife to reduce the size of her boobs to a more manageable 34C. Since then she has not looked back and has rocketed around 500 places up

SIMONA HALEP: Yeah. Actually I played almost one match. Was set and five something and we had to stop because the hour was finished. But, yeah, I played many sets and it helped me a lot. Q. Who did you practice with? SIMONA HALEP: Wickmayer. Who else? Many.  Q. Were you nervous then going into today's match, not knowing SIMONA HALEP: I was. Yeah, I was a little bit at the beginning. But after two games when I started to feel that I am there, it was okay.

Simona Halep's setback in the Australian Open final only reminded her that she has the game that will eventually lead her to a Grand Slam championship. By the numbers: 43rd Grand Slam's the charm for Wozniacki. From the fourth-most attempts to win a Grand Slam title to the most taken to win in Melbourne, here are some of the notable numbers from Caroline Wozniacki's Australian Open win. 2 Related.  "I know that today is a tough day," Wozniacki said to Halep. "I'm sorry I had to win today, but I'm sure we'll have many matches in the future. Incredible match, incredible fight. And again, I'm sorry." More than seven years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 US Open, Wozniacki can finally erase the "but never won a major" footnote that has long been attached to her résumé. "I'm never going to get the question again about being a world No. 1 without a Slam," Wozniacki said after leaving the court.

Simona Halep (Romanian pronunciation: [siˈmona haˈlep]; born 27 September 1991) is a Romanian professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on two separate occasions between 2017 and 2019. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on October 9, 2017. On her second occasion, she held the ranking for 48 consecutive weeks. In total, she has been No. 1 for 64 weeks, which ranks tenth in the history of female tennis. Halep was the year-end No. 1

Simona Halep enters the Australian Open final as one of the most marketable players on the planet - though apparently not marketable enough for a sponsor.  Through the Australian Open she had been donning a simple, unmarked red dress created by a seamstress in China, based off an image Halep found online. Advertisement. Stitched up: Halep had her dress designed from a picture she found on the internet. Credit:Joe Armao. "I sent a picture [to a seamstress] … in China actually, one of my managers helped me," Halep said at the start of the Australian Open. "In 24 hours I had the outfit, and [it was] word-perfect. "I chose the model, but it's plain. Come on, there's nothing special there. But it looks good, I like it. &q

Simona Halep had a very tough match against Lauren Davis. The Romanian saved three match points to prevail over the American player in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 15-13, After almost four hours. 'It was a very tough match', Halep said. 'It's the only one match that I played like this. You know, I was down also Love-40. She had three match balls. Honestly, I thought it's over at that moment but was good because I relax my arm and I serve pretty well those three balls. And then she took the medication.  I just kept believing that it's not over, even if she's leading a little bit more. I gave everything I had today, and actually, I'm really proud that I could stay there and win it. It was not easy at all. She played great.' Halep also commented on her mental strength: 'I think now I'm much stronger. Mentally, of course, I was talking a lot during the match. And yeah, I was a little bit frustrated because of the leg. I felt the pain all match, but I didn't give up.

They applauded even louder for her opponent, the second-seeded Simona Halep. Sharapova upset Halep, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in thrilling fashion, but it was still early in the first set when the sellout crowd of 23,771 seemed to drop its allegiances. The fans clapped instead at the competitive play in front of them, and, it being New York, for the sheer drama of Sharapova’s return. They will have another chance to cheer the comeback Wednesday, when Sharapova faces Timea Babos of Hungary in the second round.  “. . . Despite not playing a lot of matches coming into this, it almost seemed like I had no right to win this match today. And I somehow did. I think that is what I’m most proud of.” The 30-year-old tested Halep’s impressive defense with her usual brand of risky tennis. Sharapova dictated play from the outset, pummeling Halep with a big forehand and blasting her way to 60 winners (and 64 unforced errors).

Top-seed Simona Halep at the BNP Paribas Open is called out by former players, broadcast commentators during disappointing performance. Post to Facebook.  This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY's community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Commentators rip Simona Halep during "painful to watch" Indian Wells loss. Andrew L. John, The Desert Sun Published 12:32 a.m. PT March 17, 2018 | Updated 7:15 p.m. PT March 17, 2018. Buy Photo. Simona Halep plays against Naomi Osaka in their semifinal match at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 16, 2018. Osaka won the match 6-3, 6-0. (Photo: Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun)Buy Photo. CONNECTTWEET LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE.

I want to congratulate Simona. I know today is a tough day. It was an incredible match, an incredible fight - I'm sorry. "I want to thank my team, my dad. You've stood by me every step of the way.  Top seed Halep, who survived two more match points in an extraordinary final set against Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals, fended off four break-point chances for Wozniacki in the third game of second set. But she was ailing significantly in hot and humid conditions, with the trainer called at one point to take her blood pressure. The 26-year-old appeared heavy legged and wobbly, but it was Wozniacki who showed the first sign of weakness as Halep somehow conjured up enough energy to break in the eight game. The Dane had three chances to break back but could not take them and Halep put a bad

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