Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning her second round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the Austrlian Open on February REUTERS/Kelly Defina MELBOURNE—Romanian second seed Simona Halep won five consecutive games to come back from the brink to defeat local hope Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 6-4 7-5 in an error-strewn match to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Twice Grand Slam winner Halep came into the match with a 3-0 career record against the 27-year-old Australian, ranked 72nd, but found it difficult to pave a way past Tomljanovic’s all-or-nothing approach in front of a boisterous Melbourne Court Arena. .@Simona_Halep Survives 💯 Our 2018 finalist wins five games in a row to overcome Ajla Tomljanovic in two hours and 34 minutes.#AO2021 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/CxO24hoaCa — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 10, 2021 After sharing the honors in the first two sets, Tomljanovic surged ahead with a break and a 5-2 lead in the decider only for former world number one Halep to stage a stunning comeback by winning the next five games. The match saw the players commit over 90 unforced errors and the 29-year-old Romanian put an end to the contest by converting her second match point with a forehand winner. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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