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Another easy win for Halep at Open

US Open Tennis

Simona Halep, of Romania, reacts after winning a point against Kateryna Bondarenko, of Ukraine, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

AP

NEW YORK (AP) Simona Halep is feeling more comfortable as the No. 2 seed at the U.S. Open.

A year ago, she arrived at Flushing Meadows seeded second at a major for the first time. She was pushed to three sets in her opening match then upset in the third round by a qualifier.

No such problems so far this time. Halep has dropped just nine games through two rounds. She beat qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.

Recalling what happened when she reached No. 2 in the world for the first time, Halep said in an on-court interview: “I lost my mind a little bit.”

“I couldn’t be focused for what I have to do,” she added. “With experience now I’m much better. I feel I have much more confidence in myself. I’m stronger mentally - and physically.”