Genie won her first match of 2018 at the Australian Open in Melbourne as she defeated Oceane Dodin of France to advance to the second round. Genie won 6-3 7-6 in an hour and 40 for her first win since August last year.
In the second round to be played on Thursday, Genie will face top seed Simona Halep of Romania. Genie has played the 26-year-old three times before and Halep leads the series 2-1. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2014 Indian Wells R4: Halep won 6-2 1-6 6-4
2014 Wimbledon SF: Genie won 7-6 6-2
2014 WTA Finals RR: Halep won 6-2 6-3
On playing Halep, Genie said:
“It’s always really cool to go up against the best in the world.I want to go out there and do some damage.“