Halep's out in the first round? By: Caroline Joo

How did Simona Halep, fourth seed, lose in the first round of the Australian Open, to Shelby Rogers, ranked only No.52 worldwide?

For many people, watching tennis proves to be an exciting and riveting hobby because of all the unknown thrills waiting to happen out on the court, some good, and some bad. Unfortunately for Simona Halep (Romanian), ranked No.4 worldwide, and all her fans, the match on January 16th left more than a few dry eyes in the crowd, when Shelby Rogers beat Halep in the first round of the Australian Open, a worldwide tennis competition.

As the match began, Rogers started out strong, and won the breakpoint, making the first set, 6-3.

According to http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/simona-halep-shocked-by-shelby-rogers-at-australian-open/8185108 “She [Halep] required medication after dropping the first set, but it did not help as she [Rogers] won just one game in the second [set],” which starts to explain just how much Halep’s knee tendinitis was affecting her ability to play tennis. In later interviews, according to https://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/news/match_reports/2017-01-16/halep_crashes_out_in_firstround_shock.html Halep stated that “‘Singapore, first time. Every day I had pain. But off-season was OK, I didn't feel much,’” when questioned about her tendinitis. When not actually playing tennis, Halep felt fine, however during the intense parts of matches, her knee would bother her again.

However,in the end it didn't matter who won the match and who lost, because both players agree that their competitor played hard, and that even though Halep fell short of Rogers’s aggressive plays, she’s sure to be back, stronger than ever before.

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