Halep storms past Lizette Cabrera in Melbourne opener

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Halep storms past Lizette Cabrera in Melbourne opener

Simona Halep was hugely impressive as she raced past home favourite Lizette Cabrera at the Australian Open.

The 29-year-old conceded just three games as she overpowered and outclassed Cabrera in very fine fashion on Rod Laver Arena.

Perhaps most remarkably, Halep won 68 per cent of points on her opponent’s first serve as she dominated from the back of the court.

Halep, who reached the final at Melbourne Park in 2018, is hoping to finally win the opening Grand Slam of the season this year.

Cabrera, who has never won a match at her home Grand Slam in four attempts, could never quite live with the number two seed.

For the wildcard it was a chastening experience but also an incredible one as she was cheered on by the home fans and given a big ovation leaving the court.

Next up, Halep will face another Australian, Ajla Tomljanovic, in the second round.

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