Romanian Professional Tennis player, Simona Halep/ photo credit: surge.ngRomanian Simona Halep, WTA number 1 has shown off her skills on Japan's Naomi Osaka with a strong trounce at the WTA Italian Open in Rome, bringing their match to an end within an hour in a big 6-1, 6-0 win in the second round of the tournament.
Osaka wasted four break points and a chance to take a 2-0 lead in the first set, then lost 11 straight games.
The 26-year-old Halep reached the final in Rome last year and needs to reach the quarter-finals this time to hold her world number one ranking.
Today it was all about Halep, who saved all six break points she faced and took charge on the return as well, winning nearly 70% of the points in Osaka's games to notch six breaks from seven opportunities, dominating from start to finish and reaching the third round in style.
She will face either Donna Vekic or Madison Keys in the third round on Thursday.
With the French Open just around the corner, Halep will see a potential triumph in Rome - the first of her career - as ideal preparation if she can continue in this vein for the rest of the week.
France's Caroline Garcia, a semi-finalist in Madrid last week, also eased into the third round past Hungary's Timea Babos 6-3, 6-4.