Simona Halep of Romania hits a return against Caroline Garcia of France during their women's singles second round match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney on January 12, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS
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World No. 2 Simona Halep overcame a nagging Achilles problem to beat Caroline Garcia of France at the Sydney International Tuesday ahead of next week's Australian Open.Halep, who was given a first-round bye, said the pain was coming and going but she produced some of her best tennis in the deciding set on the way to a 6-4 2-6 6-1 victory that set up a quarterfinal against Czech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova.Halep, though, shrugged off the complaint to storm through the third set, reeling off five straight games and recording her first win of the year when Garcia netted a straightforward mid-court forehand.
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