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.”