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Halep downed by Kuznetsova after solid Sydney semi workout

January 15, 2016 5:57 AM
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Simona Halep gave her injured left leg a good workout but bowed out of the Sydney International in the semi-finals after a hard-fought 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

SYDNEY: World number two Simona Halep gave her injured left leg a good workout but bowed out of the Sydney International in the semi-finals after a hard-fought 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday.

Kuznetsova will play Costa Rican qualifier Monica Puig for the title later on Friday as organisers of the Australian Open warm-up look to catch up after Thursday's violent storm severely disrupted the event.

Halep, who on Friday was drawn to play a qualifier in the season's opening Grand Slam, came into the tournament with fitness concerns after pulling out of last week's Brisbane International due to a long-term Achilles injury.

The Romanian's match against former French and U.S Open champion Kuznetsova was a thorough test of her fitness before she decamps to Melbourne Park and she played a full part in a tight, two hour 45-minute contest.

The match started on Thursday evening but Halep was unable to convert her 5-4 overnight lead into a 1-0 advantage when it resumed in largely dry but blustery conditions on Friday.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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