Miami Open: Simona Halep survives Dodin scare to reach third round

World number one, Simona Halep had to rally back from a set down and also hold her nerves to defeat lucky loser, Oceane Dodin in the second round of the Miami Open on Thursday.

Despite trailing the Frenchwoman 2-4 in the third set, the world No. 1 fought back to claim a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in 2 hours and 7 minutes.

“Before maybe previous years I couldn’t win the matches in the third set, so I’m really happy that I changed this to myself, and I feel stronger,” Halep said. “So when I go to the third set, I don’t panic.

“I’m relaxed and I’m just fighting till the end, and I’m sure that I have a big chance to win the match, so I just go for it.”

Dodin, a lucky loser ranked No. 98, was fortunate to be in the Main Draws. The Frenchwoman had retired down a set in her second round qualifying match to Alison Riske, and was headed to the airport when she was called to turn back.

Romania’s Halep will now face Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round after the Pole beat Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-3 7-6(4).

Elsewhere, German 10th seed Angelique Kerber breezed past Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-2 6-2, while Czech Karolina Pliskova edged Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 7-5 7-5.

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