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French Open: Simona Halep rallies past Magda Linette

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Jake Elman
Romania's Simona Halep is the defending French Open champion. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI
Romania's Simona Halep is the defending French Open champion. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

May 30 (UPI) -- Defending champion Simona Halep needed a late comeback to move past Poland's Magda Linette for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win in the French Open on Thursday.

Halep, 27, led 5-3 in the second set and hoped to close the match before Linette won four straight games to ultimately win that set.

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Halap quickly jumped ahead 5-1 in the third set. She dropped the next two games before closing out the match.

Halep blamed her struggles on a stomach bug.

"If I win, it's going to be really good," Halep told reporters. "But if I lose, that's it. I left everything I had today on the court."

Halep is off Friday before facing the winner of a match between Aleksandra Krunić and Lesia Tsurenko on Saturday. Their match was suspended because of darkness and will resume Friday.

"I think I will sleep all day because I think I need that," Halep said. "I have to recover."

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