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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Simona Halep, who has missed three of the biggest tournaments of the year with a calf injury, sent a warning message to her rivals on her return to the Grand Slam after beating Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4 7-6 (3 ) to the second round of the Grand Slam. US Open Tennis Championships to reach Monday.
The former world number one, who finished 12th in New York, relied on her powerful serve to outsmart Giorgi in form, who won the biggest title of her career just two weeks ago in Montreal.
Halep missed the French Open and Wimbledon, as well as the Tokyo Olympics due to the injury she sustained in Rome, then had to withdraw from the Cincinnati Championships after sustaining a right thigh muscle injury in her second tournament after recovering from the first. injury .
The 29-year-old Romanian was considered one of the players most at risk of leaving the top league early in New York, but showed in her first center court game that she was ready for the task ahead.
Halep, the two-time Grand Slam winner who had her best finish at the 2015 US Open when she reached the semifinals, fired six aces, won 83 percent of her first serve and got just two break points in the 93-minute match.
Halep will meet Slovakian Kristina Kochova in the second round.
(Compiled by Ahmed Maher for the Arabic Bulletin)
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