HALEP v BEGU Right then. Almost time for the top women's seed to get her second-round match under way. Halep now knows a potential last-16 meeting with Vondrousova is no more after the 15th seed's first-round exit, and the draw has opened up even more for Halep with Serena Williams retiring due to injury. For Halep, she must concentrate first on beating fellow Romanian Begu, who is currently ranked 73rd and has lost all seven matches against the world No 2. This one should start at around 16.05 BST.
S. Halep vs I. Begu | Roland-Garros
Women's Singles | Round 2 | 30.09.2020 | Court Suzanne-Lenglen
S. Halep (1)
HALEP 6-3 6-4 BEGU
The top seed is through! Not as routine as the scoreline may suggest, for Halep was broken in both sets, but she has battled past her Romanian compatriot 6-3 6-4.
Halep takes on American Amanda Anisimova in the third round – the 25th seed has dropped just four games in her two victories so far!
HALEP 6-3 *5-4 BEGU
Once again, when it matters most, Halep delivers. She brings up 15-40 on Begu’s serve and a wide attempt under pressure allows the top seed to break. She is now going to serve for the match.
HALEP 6-3 *2-3 BEGU
Another topsy-turvy set it looks like for Halep has been broken back! Begu clinches it to 15 and we’ve back on serve in the second set.
HALEP 6-3 *2-1 BEGU
There’s an utterly absurd point during the game at 1-1 15-0 which sees both players lofting the ball into the around eight times before Halep blinks first and goes long with a forehand.
She does manage to break through, and move 2-1 up.
The top seed took some time out to rate other tennis players' football skills... including Andy Murray!
'Murray is great!' - Halep judges tennis stars' football skills
HALEP 6-3 0-0* BEGU
And that’s the opening set for Halep. Not exactly plain sailing but she goes up a gear when it is required and moves in front against her fellow Romanian.
HALEP *5-3 BEGU
Halep turns it on when it matters, out-manoeuvring Begu and sending down a fine winner to break back. She’s now serving for the set.
HALEP 4-3* BEGU
Begu fights back! She breaks her compatriot in the seventh to bring it back on serve. Game on.
HALEP *3-1 BEGU
A confidence booster for Begu, who just about holds after saving two break points in a game featuring three deuces.
HALEP *2-0 BEGU
Imperious start from Halep, who holds to love and then breaks her opponent to 30 to take command.
A virtual blowing out of the birthday candles from Halep when she paid a 'visit' to the Eurosport Cube following her win on Sunday, on her 29th birthday.
Hologram Halep tries to blow out birthday cake – 350 miles away!
And how Halep reached the second round...
Highlights: Halep wins through in straight sets against Sorribes Tormo
How Begu reached the second round...
Highlights | Irina-Camelia Begu - Jil Teichmann