Western & Southern Open: Simona Halep wins two matches in one day to reach semi-finals
World No.1 Simona Halep of Romania came back from a 1-4, 0-40 deficit in the first set to dominate the remainder of her Western & Southern Open quarterfinal against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, 6-4, 6-1.
Rogers Cup champion Halep extended her winning streak to eight straight matches as she followed her early-morning third-round victory over Ashleigh Barty with another straight-set win, ultimately prevailing over Tsurenko in 76 minutes. Halep had 11 winners to Tsurenko’s eight, while the Ukrainian also had 31 unforced errors, wtatennis.com informs.
“It was a tough day,” Halep said with a smile, during her post-match press conference. “I’m really tired. But I’m happy that I could win both of them. And the second one I think it was much better from 1-4, and, yeah, I feel confident now. I started to feel the game.”
“After I won Montreal, I said that I want to come here to win some more matches,” Halep continued, “because after winning a title is always the feeling that ‘Let’s do more.'”
Halep moves into the semi-finals where she will face rising 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who upset No.13 seed Madison Keys of the United States in the late quarterfinal. Halep and Sabalenka met once before, in Shenzhen of the first week of this year, when the World No.1 prevailed in a straight-set quarterfinal.
“I know it’s going to be different [than in Shenzhen] because [Sabalenka] has a lot of confidence now and she has beaten so many good players,” said Halep. “But I am confident in the same time. It’s going to be a big challenge for me after so many matches. Tomorrow it’s gonna be a tough one, but I’m here just to play it and I hope to win.”
“I think the attitude is pretty good,” Halep concluded. “I’m not giving up. I’m fighting for every ball. I’m running for every ball. So it keeps me very focused. Keeps me very concentrated. And when I feel like that, I feel like — actually, I refuse to lose. Gives me a lot of power to go ahead.”