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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, photography and she is passionate about music (especially Icelandic music), writing and Japanese literature. In the past, she has worked as an editor for an indoor-circuit TV station and also collaborated with several newspapers. You can send her press releases or feedback on her articles by e-mailing [email protected]

Romania’s Simona Halep stops in US Open first round

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep, who is the second best female player in the world according to the WTA ranking, lost the US Open first round match to Russian Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova beat Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 after a marathon two hours and 44 minutes.

The loss not only ended the Romanian’s race for a Grand Slam title this year, but also her fifth chance of the season to become world No.1.

“I'm sad, of course, losing this match,” Halep said after the match, reports WTAtennis.com. “But I think I gave everything I had. She was better. She was serving better. My serve was very bad today.”

“It was very tough, not like first-round matches. But this is the draw. I cannot say anything else, just that's it. It's the luck. It was a tough one for first round, for sure. But still I think I played okay, she played really well. It was a good match.”

At last year’s US Open, Simona Halep made it to the quarterfinals.

Romania’s Simona Halep throws first pitch at NY Mets vs Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior News & Features Writer

Irina holds a BA in Journalism. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, photography and she is passionate about music (especially Icelandic music), writing and Japanese literature. In the past, she has worked as an editor for an indoor-circuit TV station and also collaborated with several newspapers. You can send her press releases or feedback on her articles by e-mailing [email protected]

Romania’s Simona Halep stops in US Open first round

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep, who is the second best female player in the world according to the WTA ranking, lost the US Open first round match to Russian Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova beat Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 after a marathon two hours and 44 minutes.

The loss not only ended the Romanian’s race for a Grand Slam title this year, but also her fifth chance of the season to become world No.1.

“I'm sad, of course, losing this match,” Halep said after the match, reports WTAtennis.com. “But I think I gave everything I had. She was better. She was serving better. My serve was very bad today.”

“It was very tough, not like first-round matches. But this is the draw. I cannot say anything else, just that's it. It's the luck. It was a tough one for first round, for sure. But still I think I played okay, she played really well. It was a good match.”

At last year’s US Open, Simona Halep made it to the quarterfinals.

Romania’s Simona Halep throws first pitch at NY Mets vs Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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