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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 26 March 2019

Eugenie Bouchard sets up showdown with Simona Halep at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Pair will meet in the second round after Canadian defeats Vera Lapko 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday

Eugenie Bouchard is through to the second round in Dubai. EPA
Eugenie Bouchard is through to the second round in Dubai. EPA

Wildcard Eugenie Bouchard will face world No 3 Simona Halep in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after winning her first-round match on Sunday.

The Canadian, once as high as No 5 in the world but now at No 80, proved too strong for Vera Lapko as she prevailed 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court.

Her reward is a match-up with Halep, who had a first-round bye. It comes a month after the Romanian beat the 24 year old 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the Australian Open.

Halep is 3-1 up in past match-ups, but Bouchard will have fond memories of her lone success over the 2018 French Open champion, as it came at Wimbledon in the semi-finals in 2014, putting her through to her first, and currently only, grand slam final appearance.

Updated: February 17, 2019 11:23 PM

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