Aussie Open: Halep avoids shocks to ease into last 16

first_img Loading… Read Also: Serena: My daughter doesn’t understand mum’s popularity“It’s been a great year last year but this is different tennis,” she told Rod Laver Arena.“I am ready, I give everything I have to win and really, really happy to be in the second week now.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep avoided becoming the latest big casualty at the Australian Open when she beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva to reach the last 16 on Saturday.Advertisement The fourth seed won 6-1, 6-4 and plays Belgian 16th seed Elise Mertens or world number 600 CiCi Bellis of the United States next in Melbourne.center_img Serena Williams and reigning champion Naomi Osaka both lost on Friday and second seed Karolina Pliskova followed them out the exit door on Saturday.But the 28-year-old Halep, last year’s winner at Wimbledon, said: “I am not focusing on other players, just on myself. At this level, every match is really tough.”Halep, who also won the French Open in 2018, said being the current Wimbledon champion meant nothing in terms of trying to win the Australian Open for the first time. Promoted Content8 Interesting Unknown Facts Of Sasha Obama2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresseslast_img

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