Halep is adjusting well to playing without the coach as the Romanian player is showing some of the best tennis she was played since her injury last year. Her run in Australia was a mixed bag of results with a trophy and a disappointing loss in Melbourne but Dubai has been kind to her so far. Halep took on Jabeur who is coming off of an injury and who looked really strong against Pegula yesterday.
It proved not an issue for Halep who took an early break but also lost her serve to give it right back. Eventually, Halep still regained control of the match taking the 5-2 lead. She complicated matters a bit by losing her serve when serving for the set at 5-3 but composed herself in time to break Jabeur for the 3rd time in the match and win the opening set.
Halep attacked Jabeur on her 2nd serve with great success as the Tunisian could not rely on her serve too much. She hit it at a 53 % rate which is not good enough against a great player like Halep. The scrip was similar in the 2nd set as Halep once more proved better than her opponent. Initially, Jabeur took an early 2-0 lead but Halep would battle back.
She went on a 5-0 run to take a 5-2 lead picking her spots extremely well. She converted two out of three break points she had and that clinical conversion was the reason she won that match. When it mattered the most, Halep proved better and went on to finish off with 6-3.