Simona Halep Dusts Bouchard to Move into Third Round of the Australian Open

World no. 1 Simona Halep made light work of Eugenie Bouchard as she beat the Canadian 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday to progress to the third round of the Australian Open.

Halep, whose ankle had been a concern going into the match, was on fine form and needed just 65 minutes to work her magic on Margaret Court Arena.

“I think I played pretty well tonight,” Halep said in a post-match interview.

On her ankle, she added: “Even if I’m a little bit injured, I played pretty well and I moved really well…I feel the pain, but I didn’t think about it.”

Halep will face Lauren Davis in the third round.

In the Men’s Singles, Alexander Zverev won the all-German clash as the young gun beat Peter Gojowczyk on Thursday.

The world No 4, just 20, took almost two hours to put away the 62nd-ranked Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on Hisense Arena.

Zverev will face another “NextGen” star Chung Hy-eon of South Korea in the next round on Saturday

Also, Juan Martin del Potro needed four sets to advance as he beat Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 to reach the third round in Melbourne.

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