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Halep powers to victory on return in Qatar

AFP  |  Doha 

World number two won easily on her return to competitive action since losing final, beating in straight sets in the Open Wednesday.

Halep eased through 6-3, 6-0 against the Russian, in a second round match lasting just 71 minutes. She received a bye in the first round.

The Romanian raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set before Makarova, the world number 36, showed some defiance by breaking Halep's serve and threatening a comeback.

Halep, who hit 13 winners, rallied and then stormed through the second set without losing a game.

represents Halep's return since last months heartbreaking loss in the Australian final as she has been nursing an ankle

The forced her out of Romania's tie with last weekend.

The woman who beat her in and also claimed Halep's world number one ranking at the same time, Caroline Wozniacki, is on court later on Wednesday.

Halep has the possibility of reclaiming the world's top ranking this week if she reaches at least the quarter-finals and goes one round further than Wozniacki.

Also through to the third round is

The Czech star battled back from a set down to beat Polands Agnieszka Radwanska 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-4.

"I have no idea, first of all, how I turned it around. I felt pretty exhausted," said double champion Kvitova.

"Not like physically but most like mentally.

"Its pretty tiring all these matches. But you know, on the other hand, Im very proud of myself that I won it.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 21:50 IST