Romania's Halep advances to WTA Rogers Cup women's singles third round

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Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, world number two, on Wednesday advanced to the third round of the women's singles event at the 2,434,389-USD WTA Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto, after defeating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-4.

Second-seeded Halep, the defending champion, prevailed in an hour and 38 minutes over lucky loser Rybarikova.

Halep, 25, and Rybarikova, 28, world number 33, are now tied 2-2 in their head-to-head records. Rybarikova defeated Simona in the 2011 Hobart in quarter-finals 5-7 7-6 (3) 6-3 and in the 2014 New Haven R16 6-3 4-6 6-3. Halep won once, in the 2013 Moscow R16, after Rybarikova dropped out after the first set (6-2).

Halep has secured 28,030 US dollars and 105 WTA singles points, and she will play Barbora Strycova, 31, world number 26, in the third round. Simona is leading their head-to-head count 3-1, with the latest victory to date in the 2017 Stuttgart R16 6-2 6-3. AGERPRES (RO — editor: Mihai Tenea; EN — author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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