MASON, Ohio (AP) — Simona Halep wasn’t sure how her left foot would feel. After dropping her first set but feeling no pain, she dug in and advanced at the Western & Southern Open.
The fourth-seeded Halep had no problems with her left Achilles as she rallied to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday, one week after she dropped out of the Rogers Cup quarterfinals because of the injury. She was tentative when she took the court.
“You are a bit scared,” Halep said. “But I think I played much better in the end.”
The Wimbledon champion fought off two break points in the third set and then broke Alexandrova to serve for the match. It wasn’t easy , but at least it was pain-free.
“I felt slowly that I’m feeling good and I have no pain,” Halep said. “I got the confidence game by game, even if she was…