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World number one Simona Halep loses first competitive match in 2019

World number one Simona Halep’s first match in more than three months ended in defeat by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty at the Sydney International.

The Romanian, who cut short her 2018 season with a back injury, was beaten 6-4 6-4 by the world number 15 in the second round after a first-round bye.

The first Grand Slam of the year starts in Melbourne on Monday.

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