Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber effortlessly advance at the Madrid Open

Simona Halep

Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber are safely through to the second round in Madrid after both putting on convincing performances to open their campaigns.

Halep was in particularly brutal form, bageling Margarita Gasparyan en-route to a 6-0, 6-4 success.

“It was a good match, even if the first set was fast,” Halep said in her on-court interview.

“The second one was tougher, and I feel happy that I could win this match.I did everything I could today and I’m happy with the victory.”

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Reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber, meanwhile, was also impressive in her first round match against Lesia Tsurenko.

The German lost her serve on a couple of occasions, but still had enough to cruise to a 6-3, 6-2 win.

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