Australian Open: Simona Halep thrashes Eugenie Bouchard to reach third round

The world No 1 Simona Halep eases past Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-2 to make her 4th Australian Open third round. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Jan 18, 2018, 09.48 AM (IST)

World number one Simona Halep cruised into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday with an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory over Eugenie Bouchard.

The Romanian top seed needed just an hour and five minutes to sweep past the Canadian on Margaret Court Arena.

She will face unseeded American Lauren Davis on Saturday for a place in the last 16 as she steps up her quest for a first Grand Slam title.

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