Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep wins despite injury setback

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Halep seals victory with 'brilliant' match point
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Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Former world number one Simona Halep overcame injury and saved a set point to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 7-5 and reach round two at Wimbledon.

The 2018 French Open champion needed strapping to her ankle after slipping in the 10th game of the opening set.

She was 5-2 down in the next and faced set point in game 10 before sealing victory against the world number 36.

Regarding the injury, Halep told BBC Sport: "It could be an issue but I hope not. I need treatment now."

She added: "I'm really happy I could win this match.

"Always the first match of the tournament is going to be difficult. I knew she was playing great. I stayed focused and fought to the end."

Halep's next opponent is Romanian compatriot Mihaela Buzarnescu.

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Elsewhere, world number three and recent Eastbourne champion Karolina Pliskova booked her place in the second round with a 6-2 7-6 (7-4) win over China's Zhu Lin.

Pliskova, who has yet to venture past the fourth round at SW19, said: "I think you can play well in Eastbourne, and this grass can be just little bit different. It can be longer, slower, faster, whatever.

"Doesn't mean that [because] I played well in Eastbourne that I have to play well here."

There was a small shock in the women's singles on the opening day as Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, a semi-finalist in 2017, recorded a 6-2 6-4 victory over 10th seed Aryna Sabalenka. It was the Belarus player's second successive loss in the first round.

Eighth seed Elina Svitolina is also into the second round with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Australia's Daria Gavrilova.

Caroline Wozniacki, the 14th seed from Denmark, went through when Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo retired in the first set.

However, French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova is out after being beaten 6-4 6-4 by American Madison Brengle, meaning the Czech 16th seed has now lost in the opening round for the third successive year.

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