Shenzhen Open: Halep-Begu confrontation in semi-finals


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Romanian tennis players Simona Halep and Irina Camelia Begu will play against each other in the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China.

Halep, 1st WTA, has defeated on Thursday Arina Sabalenka (Belarus) 6-2, 6-2.

“I know [Sabalenka] is hitting really strong and really hard, but I was very strong in my legs and I could block every ball and I could also open the court,” Halep assessed post-match, quoted by

“It’s not easy to do that when you play against a big hitter, but I did everything today and I feel I played great.”

4th seeded Irina Begu (47th WTA) has also reached the semi-finals after defeating Timea Babos (Hungary, 8th seeded) 7-5, 7-5.

Both players will collect USD 43,633 and 110 WTA points.

On Friday Begu and Halep will pair to play the doubles semi-finals.

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