World number one, Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has reached her third Cincinnati Masters final in four year after beating Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-4 in the semi-finals of the tournament on Saturday.
On Sunday she’ll face world no 17 Dutch Kiki Bertens, who won against Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
“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 added, as quoted by firstpost.com.
Halep scored a break for 3-1 in the second set, and move through as Sabalenka volleyed long on a second match point after only 76 minutes.
The top seed had to deny three break points in the second set as Sabalenka levelled at 4-4 but Halep progressed through to the final on her second match point.
“It was a tough match. She was serving big – it was 110mph every time. I was pretty strong and I just wanted to make her move as much as possible. I think I won this match because I was fighting until the end,” said Halep.
“When Mom says dinner’s ready,” WTA comments Simona’s reaction at the end of the game, when she joyfully threw her tennis rocket.
Halep will be playing for her second major title after recently beating US Open champion Sloane Stephens in Montreal. The Romanian lost a title bid in Cincinnati in 2015 against Serena Williams and came up short a year ago to Garbine Muguruza.