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Helene Elliott: Halep is awed by Serena Williams

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Top-seeded Simona Halep knew her round-of-16 match was scheduled to be the first played Tuesday morning at the BNP Paribas Open, and an early wakeup call would usually dictate an early bedtime the night before. Halep instead made an intriguing choice that could bring her more benefits than she would have gained from staring at the walls of yet another hotel room in another city somewhere in the world.

Halep decided to spend a portion of Monday

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