Even if Simona was the favorite to win the encounter, the Canadian is well on her way back on Tour with a much-improved tennis compared to the previous year.
In the opening set, after an exchange of breaks in the 6th (4-2 for Simona) and 7th game (4-3), the pair went straight to the breaker that the Romanian won 4.
In the second set, Simona conquered the decisive break in the very first game (1-0) before winning the match 7-6 (4) 6-4 in 1 hour and 42 minutes.
How good was Halep-Bouchard? this good pic.twitter.com/OQurRl2DBe
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 19, 2019
— 🇷🇴WTA Romania🇷🇴 (@WTARomania) February 19, 2019
Simona will face either Lysia Tsurenko or Lin Zhu for a place in the quarters.
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