Sport Halep romps to Osaka rout in Rome

14:30  16 may  2018
14:30  16 may  2018 Source:

Serena Williams not ready for Rome return

  Serena Williams not ready for Rome return Serena Williams will not start her clay-court season in Rome after pulling out of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.Four-time champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia next week.

Daria Kasatkina upset Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a nearly three-hour baseline struggle and Naomi Osaka routed top-ranked Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 in 64 minutes on Friday night to set up a final between two 20-year-olds.

ROME , Italy – Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka and current BNP Paribas Open champion Naomi Osaka will meet in the first round of the Internazionali BNL D’Italia – with the victor set to face Simona Halep .

Halepcropped: World number one Simona Halep puts away a forehand © Provided by Omnisport World number one Simona Halep puts away a forehand

World number one Simona Halep made a sublime start to the Internazionali d'Italia with a brutal 6-1 6-0 defeat of Naomi Osaka.

Halep, a beaten finalist last year, was handed a tough second-round draw against Osaka, who defeated the top seed on her way to victory at Indian Wells earlier this year and saw off Victoria Azarenka in her opening match.

But the Romanian was in ruthless form on Wednesday as she tore through her opponent, winning 12 games in a row to complete a thrashing in just 59 minutes.

With the French Open just around the corner, Halep will see a potential triumph in Rome - the first of her career - as ideal preparation if she can continue in this vein for the rest of the week.

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TENNIS Randy Chambers Follow on twitter: @GrabThePoints · May 14, 2018. Simona Halep vs. Naomi Osaka 2018 Rome Masters Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction. Osaka vs. Halep . May 2018. The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds. TV: Tennis.

The 26-year-old finished runner-up in Rome last year before losing in the final in Roland Garros for a second time. Romanian Halep has received a first round bye and will open against either former two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus or Japan’s Naomi Osaka on the clay

Osaka started brightly and held serve, before fighting back from 0-40 in the second game only to squander four break points as Halep clung on.

And with that, the 20-year-old's chance was gone. Halep breezed through the remainder of the first set, breaking three times as she set off on a stunning streak of dominance.

Osaka attempted to fight her way back in after falling 2-0 down in the second, but Halep twice saved break points and swiftly sealed victory.

She will face either Donna Vekic or Madison Keys in the third round on Thursday.

Beaten Halep calms injury concerns ahead of French Open .
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