Simona Halep emerged a survivor after fighting through shoulder pain to struggle into the third round of the MIami Masters.

The third seed admitted she had to work to pull out a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over France’s Caroline Garcia.

“I struggled with my serve,” Halep said. “I struggled with my shoulder a little bit, so the attention was a little bit on the pain.”

But the solution came easily to the reigning Wimbledon winner,, who escaped at the joint ATP-WTA event. 

“I started to relax myself, to try to not think about the result, just to loosen up the arm, the body. I started actually to move her a little bit more to the forehand. 

“Then I started to get confidence that I can come back.”

The former No 1 added: “When I came here, I didn’t feel pain. I was really good. But then I practiced some tough sets with other players and I started to feel again.

“And now it’s getting a little bit worse. But I just feel it when I serve, so I’m trying just to do the recovery as much as possible to serve better, because today it was very slow.

“I will see how it’s gonna hold next days.”


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