Halep topples Badosa to return to Madrid Round of 16

Simona Halep brought back some of her Madrid magic on Saturday afternoon, once again advancing to the Mutua Madrid Open Round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No.2 seed and Spanish hope Paula Badosa.

Former World No.1 Halep, who won the Madrid title back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 and has reached the final two additional times, emerged victorious in her first meeting with surging Badosa after 1 hour and 16 minutes of play.

Sizzling Simona: With her latest victory in the Spanish capital, Halep moves into the Mutua Madrid Open Round of 16 for the seventh time out of her 11 main-draw appearances at the event.

Halep is up to 29 main-draw match-wins at the Mutua Madrid Open throughout her career. The only tournaments at which Halep has accumulated more match-wins in her career are the Australian Open and Roland Garros, with 31 match-wins apiece at each of those events.

Halep has discussed her enhanced aggressive play under new coach Patrick Mouratoglou, and she showed it against Badosa, who hit her new career-high ranking of World No.2 on Monday. Halep had 21 winners to 14 unforced errors during the clash.

One year ago, Badosa broke through on home soil with a run to the Madrid semifinals as a 62nd-ranked qualifier, and has quickly rise to the top of the game since then. However, Badosa was unable to get past Halep on this day, going just 1-for-7 on break points.

More to come…

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