Simona Halep cruised into the last-16 of the Madrid Open after an emphatic 6-3 6-1 win over Spain's Paula Badosa.
In her first tournament since she started working with Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Halep built on her opening round win against Zhang Shuai with a dominant performance against the tournament's No. 2 seed, wrapping up the victory in one hour and 16 minutes.
Halep, who has won two titles in Madrid, will play USA's Coco Gauff in the third round after the 18-year-old beat Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 6-1 2-6 6-4 in a topsy-turvy match.
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"I feel great, I felt I was playing some good tennis and I'm really happy about it," Halep said after her best ranking win on clay.
"She is very good at this moment. She is number two in the world so it's just confidence. She was playing great but I believed I had my chance so I gave everything I had.
"It's a pleasure and an honour to have Patrick in my box as a coach. We are working very hard on some things and as I see I am playing very well every match. I'm just focusing on getting better and getting stronger."
Halep got off to a fast start as she broke in the opening game on her first break point with a confident forehand winner.
Badosa battled hard in the fourth game with stronger groundstrokes and she was able to convert her third break point, when Halep fired long, to get back on serve.
Halep continued to dominate on her first serve, though, and went back a break in front to take a 4-3 lead before reeling off the next two games.
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Momentum was firmly with the Romanian and she made easy work of the second set, breaking the Badosa serve in just the second game with a clever sliced drop shot on the backhand.
After Halep moved into a comfortable 3-0 lead Badosa requested a medical timeout due to a problem with her right shoulder.
When play resumed Halep wasted no time in securing a double break as Badosa made another unforced error to move the former world number one within two games of the second round, before comfortably winning two of the next three games.
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