Flying under the radar is something that Simona Halep enjoys. While Grand Slam champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova take most of the headlines on the WTA Tour, the Romanian is just happy going about her business in a straightforward manner.
Halep’s victory over Alison Riske on the first match on Grandstand court on Wednesday was certainly a blink and you’d miss it affair. Halep only needs one hour and two minutes to claim a 63 60 victory.
“It’s normal to speak about Serena and Sharapova because they’re great champions, they won a lot of titles of Grand Slams. I have only to think about what happens on court and nothing else.
“I feel good I feel I have no pain anymore, I have just a little bit of contraction in the muscle but I think it’s good now. I can run, I can play, I can do everything. I will have the chance to win a Grand Slam but it’s still very far so I want to try to take match by match and see if that is going to happen.”
While Halep’s victory was straightforward, fans on Pietrangeli were treated to a classic as qualifier Daria Gavrilova defeated the popular Ana Ivanovic in a final set tiebreaker 97. Gavrilova had won the second set breaker as well 72.
There was another shock with qualifier Bojan Jovanovski getting the better of American 15th seed Madison Keys in three sets.
Meanwhile there was disappointment for Italian fans as qualifier Christina McHale knocked out 13th seed Sara Errani, last year’s finalist, 64 64.