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.