Romanian tennis player Simona Halep defeated Canadian Bianca Andreescu in three sets, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, Monday, in a match in the Purple Group of the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen (China).

Halep, 28, world number 5, has managed to prevail in two hours and 34 minutes, in a match with dramatic overtones, at times.

After this victory, Halep will receive 525,000 US dollars and 250 WTA points and Andreescu, 19, world number 4 will receive 220,000 US dollars and 125 WTA points.

In the second round, Andreescu will face off Karolina Pliskova and Halep will play Elina Svitolina.