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Simona Halep unhappy with Australian Open scheduling

Simona Halep believes women should play before men in the Australian Open night sessions.

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After being made to wait more than four hours to take to the court, Simona Halep believes it makes more sense for women's matches to be scheduled ahead of the men during night sessions at the Australian Open.

Third seed Halep cruised into the third round by beating Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2 6-2 well after midnight local time on Thursday due to the preceding clash.

World number three Rafael Nadal and Tim Smyczek spent four hours and 12 minutes playing out a five-set marathon, having taken to the court at 7pm local time.

That meant Halep and Gajdosova were left waiting, something the former does not agree with, given women's matches last no longer than three sets.

"I believe that is better to play first at 7pm the ladies because it's maximum three hours of a match if the match is long," the 23-year-old told reporters.

"But to wait like five sets before playing, it's so tough. But, you know, sometimes has to be like this, so you have to accept."

As for the match itself, Halep barely raised a sweat as she dispatched the local hope in a little over an hour.

Halep, who will next play Bethanie Mattek-Sands, feels her game is improving heading into business end of the tournament.

"I played much better than first round, so I'm happy with this," she added.

"I am more aggressive and I served very well. I played fast. I stayed very close to the baseline. She shows very strong on court.

"I felt her like big serve and big shots. But, you know, I was very, very fast on court, I think, and I opened the court very well. I did some good angles, and I just wanted to finish the points, like to make winners.

"So I did well, and I'm really happy with the way how I play now."

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