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Wimbledon 2018: Simona Halep enjoys first win as Grand Slam champion

Halep enjoys first win as Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon
By Reuters

03/07/2018 at 18:31Updated 03/07/2018 at 21:46

Simona Halep, the newest member of the Grand Slam champions' club, silenced a roaring Japanese army of supporters as she demolished Kurumi Nara 6-2 6-4 to reach the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Playing with a lighter load on her shoulders after winning the French Open title last month, Halep rolled back her arms and let the winners fly off her racket strings.

The Romanian world number one was broken once in the opening set and also faced two break points at 2-1 up in the second.

A forehand winner and a Nara error allowed Halep to sidestep that pothole and she wrapped up victory when Nara smacked a forehand long.

She will next face China's Zheng Saisai for a place in the third round.

Women's singles results

  • No. 1 Simona Halep defeats Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4
  • No. 3 Garbine Muguruza defeats Naomi Broady 6-2, 7-5
  • Belinda Bencic defeats No. 6 Caroline Garcia 7-6, 6-3
  • Aliaksandra Sasnovich defeats No. 8 Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
  • No. 11 Angelique Kerber defeats Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-3
  • No. 15 Elise Mertens defeats Danielle Collins 6-3, 6-2
  • No. 16 Naomi Osaka defeats Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-1
  • No. 17 Ashleigh Barty defeats Stefanie Vogele 7-5, 6-3
  • No. 22 Johanna Konta defeats Natalia Vikhylantseva 7-5, 7-6
  • Vitalia Diatchenko defeats No. 24 Maria Sharapova 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
  • No. 26 Daria Gavrilova defeats Caroline Dolehide 6-2, 6-3
  • No. 28 Anett Kontaveit defeats Denisa Allertova 6-2, 6-2
  • Hsieh Su-wei defeats No. 30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
  • Lara Arruabarrena defeats Ana Bogdan 6-1, 3-6, 8-6
  • Dominika Cibulkova defeats Alize Cornet 7-6, 6-1
  • Samantha Stosur defeats Peng Shuai 6-4, 7-5
  • Claire Lu defeats Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
  • Taylor Townsend defeats Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-4
  • Alison Van Uytvanck defeats Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2
  • Jennifer Brady defeats Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-7, 6-2
  • Eugenie Bouchard defeats Gabriella Taylor 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
  • Zheng Saisai defeats Wang Qiang 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
  • Sofia Kenin defeats Maria Sakkari 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
  • Katie Boulter defeats Veronica Cepede Royg 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
  • Alison Riske defeats Mariana Duque Marino 6-1, 6-1
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