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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...

US tennis player Serena Williams. Picture: AFP

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.