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Halep, Bertens advance to Madrid final

Halep, Bertens advance to Madrid final”

Halep battled back, earning a tiebreak, but Bencic won it comfortably to force a deciding set, although she immediately started to struggle.

The Romanian broke for a 3-2 lead and a down-the-line shot sealed another break in the penultimate game before she served out to win it comfortably in 27 minutes.

Bertens jumped out early in the first, but Stephens held an early lead in the second before Bertens leveled and eventually took the match.

Bertens earned her first championship point with a scorching ace but Halep saved it with a drop volley at the net, only to then hand her rival another one by finding the net with a careless shot. "I think I learned a lot from previous year [a defeat to Petra Kvitova] - for sure, I will go for it".

Bertens, during her path to the final, defeated rivals such as Katerina Siniakova, Jelena Ostapenko, Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens, without losing a single set during the tournament. "I was lucky that during the week I had short matches".

Simona Halep returns to Belinda Bencic (unseen) during their WTA Madrid Open semi-final tennis match on Friday.

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"I started to play smarter, opened the court more and became more aggressive".

Bencic had beaten Halep in Dubai. "I'm just happy how I was able to finish the match". I played some good tennis.

Halep, though, was not backing off from her strategy, broke straight back, and they would continue like the proverbial unstoppable force versus immovable object in a wonderful passage of play and high intensity. She returned with a renewed sense of objective, passion, and perspective, and the result has been a meteoric rise through the rankings and transformation into an all-court threat.

Halep will be bidding for her third Madrid title and 19th overall.

"All the time when I come to the clay court season, there is an extra motivation and I feel better", Halep said. WTA Madrid final - Percentages Simona Halep 51% Kiki Bertens 49%. "So I think it is just going to be a great battle and yeah, I'm looking forward to it". And in Madrid, the 22-year-old Swiss was playing for the first time since 2015, and had never won a main-draw match at the Magic Box until this year.



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