Second-seeded Simona Halep overcame a first-set knockdown to beat Iga Swiatek 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth round of the Australian Open, with which the Romanian took revenge for her surprising defeat against the young Polish in the same phase of the French Open last year.
Swiatek, who eliminated Halep en route to her first Grand Slam title in Paris, used her groundstrokes to save two break points in the seventh game before immediately breaking the Romanian’s serve on her way to landing the first. set.
In the second set, Halep bounced back with an early service break as her crafty baseline game thwarted her teenage rival, who made a series of mistakes.
The Romanian had five consecutive games in the second and third sets before sealing victory in just under two hours at the Rod Laver Arena.
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