/Sharapova beats Halep, improves to 2-0 at WTA Finals

Sharapova beats Halep, improves to 2-0 at WTA Finals

2:13 p.m. EDT October 27, 2015

SINGAPORE (AP) — Maria Sharapova won her second straight match since her return from injury, beating top-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday at the WTA Tour finals.

The Russian’s two wins this week are her only victories since a leg injury sidelined her after losing to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals.

She retired with a left wrist injury in her first match back at the Wuhan Open in China last month.

“I think I’m quite pleased to be able to beat the No. 2 player in the world,” Sharapova said. “I think it was, again, a very physical match. I found myself on the defense many times and was able to win a lot of the long points.”

Sharapova led 5-1 in the second set but Halep won three straight games to get back into it. The fourth-seeded Sharapova then broke in the 10th game to win and leave Halep with a 1-1 record.

“I did everything I could. I was fighting until the end,” Halep said. “Again, same story: I was close but I couldn’t win. But I will work. Now…

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