Cincinnati Open: Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova in semi-final

first_imgTop seed Simona Halep and eighth seed Petra Kvitova won their respectively quarter-finals to advance to the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open. Other than Halep and Kvitova, Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens made it to the semis.Halep took an hour and 16 minutes to dispatch Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1 in the quarter-final despite having played her Round of 16 match earlier in the day. The rain-hit Cincinnati Open meant that Halep had to complete her Round of 16 encounter against Ashleigh Barty in the first match of the day, which she won 7-5, 6-4.Halep will now meet Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday for a place in the final, after the unseeded Sabalenka saved 10 break points to register a 6-3, 6-4 victory over American Madison Keys.The other semi-final will pit Petra Kvitova against unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.With her win over Tsurenko, Halep took her winning streak to eight matches. Tsurenko had triple break point to take a 5-1 lead in the first set but could not capitalise and saw the match swing away from her.Simona SemifinalsWorld No.1 @Simona_Halep sails into the final four with 6-4 6-1 win over Tsurenko. She awaits the winner of Keys-Sabalenka.: @WTA & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 17, 2018The top seed was unstoppable once she found her rhythm and confidence, winning 11 of the final 12 games to continue her winning streak stretching back to last week’s Rogers Cup.”It was a tough day,” said the Romanian. “I’m really tired but I’m happy that I could win both.advertisement”After I won Montreal, I said that I want to come here to win some more matches, because after winning a title is always the feeling that ‘let’s do more.'”Her semi-final opponent Sabalenka had staved off match points in her two previous matches and managed to do it again on Friday, using her big serve to wriggle out of trouble against 13th seeded Keys.Eighth seed Kvitova recovered from going down an early break in the third set to beat Belgian Elise Mertens 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.I am @Petra_Kvitova, hear me ROARThe Czech returns to the #CincyTennis semifinals for the first time since 2012, dismantling Elise Mertens 7-5 5-7 6-3.She awaits the winner of Elina Svitolina-Kiki Bertens. & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 17, 2018″Luckily I (had) good second serves, which was very important for me to put it back to the court and play some rallies,” said the Czech.”I really need to play more aggressive. That’s how I made those important points.”Bertens trailed 4-1 in the opening set against Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina but it was one-way traffic once the Dutch player’s serve clicked into gear and she closed out the match 6-4, 6-3.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more