WTA Toronto

Simona Halep, in the semifinals of the WTA Tournament in Toronto

The Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, the world’s number two, qualified on Saturday in the WTA Toronto semifinals, with a total prize of $ 2,434,389 after defeating Caroline Garcia (France) with a 6- 4, 6-2.

Halep, the title holder at the Rogers Cup, was quite easy in an hour and 11 minutes

The first set was balanced, and at 2-2 Romanian wasting no less than four balls of break. He then managed to make 3-3 despite the fact that he had two double mistakes in this round. At 4-3 for Garcia, the Romanian saved two break balls, made 4-4, and then managed to win against the service, ending the set with 6-4, after a gem to zero.

Garcia began with the second set, but then Halep took the lead, made a 2-1 break after two doubles of the Frenchman, and then the score went up 5-1. Garcia narrowed the gap (5-2), but Simona ended the accounts with 6-2, despite the two consecutive doubles in the last round.

Garcia (23 years, 21 WTA) managed 4 aces in this match, had 3 double mistakes, 14 winners, but 24 unforced errors. Halep (25 years) had a single ace, committed four double mistakes, gathered only 8 winners, and 10 unforced errors.

Simona Halep had won the only direct duel with Frenchman last year, eighth at Sydney, with 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Halep has secured a check of $ 122,190 and 350 WTA points, and in the penultimate act he will play with the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina on Saturday. Svitolina (22 years, 5 WTA) beat Spain Garbine Muguruza (23 years, 4 WTA) with 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, out of which the first set played on Friday, the match was interrupted by the rain .

Simona Halep leads 3-1 in matches with Svitolina, which she defeated in 2013 in Sofia with 6-1, 6-1 in 2014 in the Fed Cup in Budapest with 6-3, 7- 5, this year in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros with 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0. The only success of the Ukrainian was in the finals of the tournament in Rome in the spring, 6-4, 5-7, 1-6, after Simona was injured in the second set.

In 2016 at the Rogers Cup (a tournament hosted by Montreal), Halep defeated US midfielder Madison Keys with 7-6 (2), 6-3, and in 2015 (Toronto) abandoned the final with Belinda Bencic at the 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 3-0 for the Swiss.