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World number two Simona Halep crashed to a shock 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 defeat to France's Alize Cornet, whilst Eugenie Bouchard's slump continued in the first round of the Madrid Open on Sunday. Sharapova showed no signs of her recent struggles as she beat Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3.
Greece and its European creditors are finally making progress only days after combative Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was effectively sidelined from talks on its enormous debt, EU sources told AFP Sunday. Negotiators said there were "encouraging" signs from meetings over the weekend in Brussels on reforms which Athens must push through in exchange for 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) in desperately-needed bailout funds. "There has been a lot of progress, we are approaching an agreement," said a spokesman for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The talks, which began Thursday, were the first led by economist and junior foreign minister Euclid Tsakalotos, who last week replaced the controversial Varoufakis as head of Greece's team of negotiators.