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Cincinnati | Halep maintains her form

Cincinnati | Halep maintains her form

Simona Halep will be chasing her second title in as many weeks when she takes on Kiki Bertens – who will be playing in her third final of the season – when the pair meet for the Cincinnati Open title on Sunday.

If I fight like I've done here, I will have a big chance. It will be a difficult match, but we are both very confident. Simona Halep

The world No.1 from Romania beat Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-4 in their semi-final clash while the Dutch player felled the eighth seed Petra Kvitova 3-6 6-4 6-2 in her semi.

“If I fight like I’ve done here, I will have a big chance,” Halep said. “It will be a difficult match, but we are both very confident.

“It will be a challenge for me to play another final here and try to win it. I want to enjoy it and give all that I have.”

She was helped somewhat by her semi-final opponent who doubled faulted twice to lose the first set and having gained the initiative, Halep broke for 3-1 in the second but Sabalenka, the 20-year-old who is still chasing her first title, broke back immediately.

Halep recovered to break in the final game to seal the win after 76-minutes.

World number 17 Bertens, who played and won two matches on Friday after rain interruptions this week, always looked fitter than Kvitova in the hot and humid conditions.

“I’m feeling great, I’m so happy to win,” she said after advancing on her first match point as Kvitova slammed a forehand into the net. “It was a tough match, but I’m so glad to be in the final.”


About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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