Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, world number six, on Sunday advanced to the women's singles second round of the 8,285,274-USD China Open WTA tournament in Beijing, after defeating Sweden's Rebecca Peterson 6-1 6-1.
Halep, 28, who last week withdrew from the 2019 Wuhan Open tournament with back pain, prevailed over 24-year-old Scandinavian, world number 53, in an hour and 12 minutes.
Halep never lost her serve, breaking Peterson's serve five times.
Halep had defeated Rebecca Peterson in their first ever meet in the first round of the 2013 Swedish Open 6-4 6-0.
For her performance in Beijing, Halep won 41,625 US dollars and 65 …read more