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Ro­ma­nia’s Si­mona Halep looked flu­ent in her 6-2 6-4 win over the USA’s Madi­son Keys in the first game of the round-robin stage at the WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore. Mak­ing her third ap­pear­ance in the fi­nals the win put her in first place in the Red Group. “I felt very well on court,” said Halep. “It was bet­ter that I knew her. I played few times this year. I won ev­ery time, so I had an ad­van­tage. “But still I played good ten­nis. I think I played ex­actly what I had to play against her. I was fo­cused, ev­ery­thing went as I wanted, so I’m happy with the way that I played.” Emerg­ing onto cen­tre court fol­low­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, Halep con­verted her fourth break point in a long third game to grab the early mo­men­tum from WTA Fi­nals debu­tante Keys. She added: “I played in Mon­treal against her and the court was faster. [The court] here was less. I could ma­noeu­vre as I wanted.”

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