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Halep survives scare, Barty beats Sharapova

Top seeded Ashleigh Barty overcame a slow start to defeat Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-1, while Simona Halep battled past Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.French Open champion Barty double faulted to give Sharapova a 2-1 lead in the first set and it looked like an upset could be brewing in the showdown between the two former world number ones.But an error-prone Sharapova bowed out after she produced six double faults and squandered six of her seven break point opportunities.“Overall it was a pretty clean performance,” Barty said.“It’s difficult to come out …read more

Source: Gulf times

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