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Halep survives Kanepi scare to make it into second round

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Romania's Simona Halep celebrates her victory against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi during their women's singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2019.

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ByCarrie Dunn
15/01/2019 at 10:07 | Updated 15/01/2019 at 20:22
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World number one Simona Halep survived a serious scare against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi to make it into the second round of the Australian Open second round, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.

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The two were difficult to separate in the first set, which went to a tie-break, but Halep began to assert herself in the second as Kanepi struggled more to convert points at the net.

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As the match went on, Kanepi found herself suffering with a blister on her hand, which affected her shot choice, and Halep took full advantage.

"It was a pleasure to come back here and win the match!" admitted Halep afterwards.

She got some measure of revenge over Kanepi, who knocked her out of the US Open in the first round, 6-2, 6-4.

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"I don't want to remember that match - it was a tough one!" the Romanian joked.

Halep will next play American Sofia Kenin, who earlier beat Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova 6-3 3-6 7-5.

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