Halep, Azarenka advanced to the second round

Italian Open 2022 Live: Halep, Azarenka advance to second round- Former world number one Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka have reached the second round of the Italian Open in Rome and four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has been ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury. Follow the Italian Open 2022 live updates on InsideSport.IN

Halep, the 2020 champion in Rome, lost 6-4 6-4 to France’s Alice Cornet in retaliation for her fourth-round loss at the Australian Open in January.

Italian Open 2022 Live: Halep, Azarenka advanced to the second round

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In a match that converted 10 breakpoints by two players, Halep led 5-1 in both sets.

Azarenka met a known enemy of Swiss Victoriza Golubic, whom she defeated at the same stage of the Madrid Open late last month.

Although the match in Madrid was a close rivalry, this time Azarenka beat him 6-3 6-0 in the scoreline and ended the match in just 68 minutes.

Organizers have confirmed that Osaka has withdrawn due to a left ankle injury and his opponent Sara Soribes Tormo will now face the lucky loser Nuria Parizas Diaz.

Defending champion and top pick Iga Suitek and Madrid champion Ons Jabeur are in action on Tuesday.

Italian Open 2022 Live: Halep, Azarenka advanced to the second round

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