Simona Halep of Romania hits a return during her women's singles match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 4, 2017. / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI
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Maria Sharapova opened up on the despair she feels in defeat Wednesday after she was ruthlessly knocked out of the China Open in the third round by Romania's Simona Halep.The world No. 2 was an emphatic 6-2, 6-2 winner to leave five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova still searching for her first title since returning from a doping ban in April.It was Halep's first victory over the Russian in eight meetings.With world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza exiting in the first round with a virus, Halep is now favorite.The two met in the first round at the U.S. Open a few weeks ago and Halep said she was delighted to finally taste victory against Sharapova: "I'm really happy that I could do this.
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