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Category: Simona Halep

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‘Sad day for the sport’: tennis world pays tribute to Andy Murray – video

Some of the world’s leading tennis players have paid tribute to Andy Murray after he announced that his final match could be on Monday. Murray is set to play Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open. The likes of Rafael Nadal, Si…

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Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams faces tough path to win 24th major

Draw puts Williams on course to meet Halep in fourth roundJohanna Konta to play Ajla Tomljanovic in Melbourne openerAll eyes were on Serena Williams, who won the Australian Open when seven weeks pregnant in 2017 and needs one more major to draw alongsi…

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Simona Halep: ‘My dream was to be the best. I did everything for tennis’

The world No 1 on how winning her first grand slam finally lifted the pressure on her shoulders and allowed her to relax as a person“Everything I did in life, until now, was just for tennis. Nothing else mattered. That’s why it became too much, maybe. …

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Simona Halep pulls out of season-ending WTA Finals because of injury

Kiki Bertens replaces world No 1 in SingaporeJohanna Konta reaches Kremlin Cup quarter-finalsSimona Halep has withdrawn from next week’s WTA Finals in Singapore because of an ongoing back injury. The world No 1, who has a herniated disc, had hoped to b…

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Simona Halep suffers shock first-round defeat at the US Open

• French Open champion loses 6-2, 6-4 to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi• First women’s top seed in Open era to lose in first roundSimona Halep’s US Open campaign lasted just an hour and 15 minutes as she became the first women’s top seed in the Open era to lose…

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Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in Cincinnati to complete Masters sweep

Serb becomes first player to win all nine Masters titlesUnseeded Kiki Bertens shocks Simona Halep in women’s finalNovak Djokovic finally won the tournament that had been eluding him, beating Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday for his first Cincinnati Mas…

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Wimbledon day six highlights: Djokovic beats Edmund, Nadal soars and Halep crashes out – video

World number one Simona Halep suffered a shock third round loss to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei as seeds continued to tumble at Wimbledon on Saturday. In the men’s draw, fourth seed Alexander Zverev lost to Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis.  Rafael&…

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Hsieh Su-wei dumps world No 1 Simona Halep out of Wimbledon

• No 1 seeded Romanian beaten 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 by Taiwanese• Simona Halep served for match at 5-3 in third setAnd then there was one. Simona Halep, the world No 1 and top seed, became the ninth of the top 10 women’s seeds to go out in the first week of Wi…

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Wimbledon 2018 day six: Nadal, Halep, plus Edmund v Djokovic – live!

Latest news and updates from the fourth round at SW19Serena keeps comeback on track … but Venus goes outEmail Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 11.08am BST Carnage has rippled through the women’s draw. Eight of the top 10 seeds are out, with Venus Willi…

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Wimbledon day four highlights: Muguruza bows out as Edmund advances – video

Kyle Edmund is the last Briton standing at Wimbledon after last year’s semi-finalist Johanna Konta crashed out, losing in the second round to unseeded Dominika Cibulkova. Edmund defeated Bradley Klahn 6-4 7-6(0) 6-2 to move into the third round of…

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Wimbledon 2018: Boulter, Nadal, Konta and Edmund in action on day four – live!

Follow the action from day four at SW19Edmund and Swedish coach focus on Klahn before World CupYou can email Katy or tweet her here 12.52pm BST Boulter checks Osaka’s momentum by holding to love. If she’s going to lose, she’s going to do so fighting. …

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Wimbledon day two highlights: Nadal cruises through as Kvitova suffers shock exit – video

The world No 1 Simona Halep and defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza, along with British hope Johanna Konta, escaped the continuing carnage in Wimbledon’s women’s draw with first-round wins. Two-time former champion Petra Kvitova blamed increa…

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Simona Halep learns lessons in defeat to become popular champion | Simon Cambers

World No 1’s victory over Sloane Stephens in the French Open came on the back of three defeats in grand slam finalsStrength comes in all shapes and sizes. At 5ft 6in, officially, Simona Halep is not blessed in terms of simple physical stature. But…

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Simona Halep comes of age as she banishes ghosts of grand slams past | Simon Cambers

The world No 1’s coach believes the player can now cut loose after showing new maturity to beat Sloane Stephens at the French Open for her first major titlePerhaps Darren Cahill, the coach of Simona Halep, put it best. “She’s been close these last coup…

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Simona Halep surges back against Sloane Stephens to win French Open

• Halep comes from set and break down to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-1• World No 1 finally claims first slam title after three final defeatsA year after blowing the French Open final from a set and a break up, Simona Halep won the title from a set and a break down…

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Sloane Stephens v Simona Halep: French Open 2018 women’s final – live!

American looking for second grand-slam title in last 12 monthsWorld No1 Halep seeks first major of careerEmail bryan.graham@theguardian.com or tweet @BryanAGraham 2.13pm BST First set: Simona Halep 0-1 *Sloane Stephens (*denotes server)If Sloane has an…

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Sloane Stephens happy to avoid talk of pressure before French Open final

• American faces world No 1, Simona Halep, at Roland Garros• ‘If you’re not happy, it’s more difficult to have good results’When young athletes on the rise get close to a big moment they can turn into robots, as if erecting an invisible wall to avert a…

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Simona Halep sweeps aside Garbiñe Muguruza to reach French Open final

• Top seed made flying start in 6-1, 6-4 semi-final win• Romanian keeps world No 1 ranking after victoryIt is testimony to the depth of their friendship that Sloane Stephens’s perfectly shaped backhand down the line to put Madison Keys out her misery a…

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French Open quarter-finals: Nadal v Schwartzman and Cilic v Del Potro – live!

Quarter-finals resume before women’s semi-finalsMuguruza savours Halep duel after routing SharapovaAnd feel free to email Katy or tweet: @KatyMurrells 11.57am BST … and a delightful touch from Schwartzman gives him another break point! But some stunn…