Serena reaches third round after beating Halep
Defending champion Serena Williams recovered from a slow start to beat Romanian Simona Halep 3-6 6-2 6-1...
Defending champion Serena
Williams recovered from a slow start to beat Romanian Simona
Halep 3-6 6-2 6-1 in the Wimbledon second round on Thursday.
The American seventh seed, playing just her fourth
competitive match in nearly a year after injuries and serious
health problems, eventually hit her stride after the tenacious
Halep had played an outstanding first set.
With the sun breaking through from some menacing black
clouds, Serena broke serve in the second game of the second set
and her 19-year-old opponent's resistance quickly crumbled.
The decider was a breeze as 13-times grand slam champion
Williams powered ahead. Halep, who required treatment in the
first set after a slip, saved three match points at 0-5 but the
American ended the contest in the next game.