Top-seeded Halep advances after injury scare

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2018 02:57 PM
Top-seeded Halep advances after injury scare
Romania's Simona Halep injures her ankle as she plays Australia's Destanee Aiava in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep overcame an injured left ankle to beat Australian wildcard entry Destanee Aiava 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the first round of the Australian Open.

Halep, who recovered from a 5-2 deficit in the first set, was moving across the baseline in the third game of the second set when her left foot caught on the court surface and she twisted her ankle, tumbling to the ground.

After an injury timeout to have her foot heavily taped, Halep returned to the court and had little trouble finishing off the 17-year-old Australian.

Aiava had the distinction of becoming the first player born in this century to play in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament when she competed here last year.

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