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January 18, 2022

Wimbledon: Serena Williams reaches third round after beating Simona Halep

Defending champion Serena Williams recovered from a slow start to beat Romanian Simona Halep 3-6 6-2 6-1 in the Wimbledon second round on Thursday, according to Eurosport.

The American seventh seed, playing just her fourth competitive match in nearly a year after injuries and serious health problems, eventually hit her stride after the tenacious Halep had played an outstanding first set.

All the Romanian players participating in Wimbledon tournament were eliminated.

Alexandra Dulgheru was defeated on Thursday by Russian Svetlana Kusnetsova 0-6,2-6. With the light fading three-times runner-up Andy Roddick beat Romania’s Victor Hanescu on Wednesday in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-4 to book a third-round clash with dangerous Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez. Romanian woman player Monica Niculescu also left the tournament after losing 3-6 0-6 against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. Italian Flavia Penetta eliminated the other Romanian playing on Wednesday, Irina Camelia Begu, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Second seed Novak Djokovic powered into the third round with a no-nonsense 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Kevin Anderson on Thursday. The number 32 seed Marcos Baghdatis or Andreas Seppi are next in line for Djokovic.

Men’s champion Rafa Nadal got his first taste of indoor grasscourt tennis but needed little time to reach the third round by swatting aside American upstart Ryan Sweeting 6-3 6-2 6-4 on Wednesday.

After a frustrating three-hour rain delay, last year’s runner-up Tomas Berdych and British hope Andy Murray were exposed to the elements but proved equally ruthless on Court One. Berdych crushed Julien Benneteau 6-1 6-4 6-2 and fourth seed Murray cruised past Tobias Kamke 6-3 6-3 7-5.

With play delayed on all other courts, Williams and Date-Krumm, who on Monday became the second oldest player to win a women’s singles match at Wimbledon, provided an early contender for match of the tournament. Date-Krumm made her Wimbledon debut in 1989 when the Williams sisters were still bashing balls about on park courts in Compton and you have to go back to 1996 for her best Wimbledon performance when she lost to Steffi Graf in the semi-finals before taking a 12-year break from tennis.

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