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Australian Open 2019 Live Updates: Simona Halep vs Kaia Kanepi - Match Highlights

Halep def Kanepi 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 to enter R2.
Updated: 15 January 2019 17:07 IST - Published: 14 January 2019 22:48 IST
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And that wraps up our live coverage of this match.

Do join us tomorrow for live updates from Day 3 of the Australian Open 2019.

Goodbye!
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Halep was in danger for half of the match. But the way she managed to calm her nerves and find her confidence was definitely admirable.

And this big win over Kanepi, after having lost to her at the US Open, would encourage her to keep going.
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Final score: Halep def Kanepi 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 to enter R2.
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And Halep wraps this up!

She is through to the second round!
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Looks like the storm has passed for Halep.
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Halep didn't waste any time in holding her service game.

She is up 5-2 now.

One game away from advancing to R2.
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Kanepi lost that game from 40-0 up.

Handed over 5 points in a row to Halep.
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BREAK!

Halep has broken to go up to 4-2.

Kaia has asked to see the trainer to treat a blister.
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Kaia doesn't look well and is losing confidence.

Halep has a break point
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A few errors off the backhand from Kanepi and its deuce on her serve.


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Still no service breakthrough from either in the third set.

Halep 3-2 up with Kanepi serving now.
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Halep looks more pumped up now than Kanepi. Can the top seed channelize it into a break?
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The two held service games again and Halep is now 2-1 
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Halep starts third set more confidently.

Easily holding her serve, she goes up to 1-0.
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Halep and Kanepi are now tied at one set apiece.

We have a decider here!
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Halep started hitting with more purpose and cut down on her errors.

It all paid off as she broke Kanepi in the 10th game to take the second set 6-4.
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Halep is actually looking more settled and calmer now.

Choosing her shots very well.

Up 4-3. 
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Since that early break in the second set, Halep has come back strongly.

It's 3-3.
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Halep lost to Kanepi in the first round of the US Open too.
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Halep in dire straits now!

A set and a break down!
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BREAK!!!!!

Kanepi gets the break to go up to 2-1
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Halep held to start the second set!

1-0
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And Kanepi does it with ease!

Takes the first set 7-6(2)
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Another mini break for Kanepi!

She is up 5-2 in the tiebreak.
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Early mini break for Kanepi in the tiebreak 

She is up 3-1
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What a backhand down the line, going back behind Kanepi!

Halep holds and roars!

It's 6-6
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Two set points saved!


Will this embolden Halep?
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Halep saved the break point but Kanepi moved Halep from side to side to get another break point.
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Halep still looks subdued in the face of the Kanepi onslaught!
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Danger time for Halep!

She faces break point while serving to stay in the set!

5-6
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Halep went for her two-punch shots and brilliantly held to love.It's 5-5
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Both Kanepi and Halep held their service games with ease and currently Kanepi is 5-4 up.

Halep is serving to stay in the set.
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Kanepi uses her off-backhand to get a service hold and leads 4-3.

Looks very powerful and very confident right now.
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Halep held her serve as well and it's back to level once more


3-3

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Kanepi makes no mistake this time and holds effortlessly!

She leads 3-2
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Kanepi uses her powerful forehand winner to break back to love!

It's 2-2 very, very quickly.
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But things are changing very, very quickly for the Romanian here!

She is 0-40 down on her own serve!
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Simona Halep lost to Kaia Kanepi in the first round of the US Open last year but so far it's been a much better outing for the reigning French Open champion.

Halep has broken and she leads 2-1.