Halep eyes second straight Madrid title after downing Sevastova

Romanian Simona Halep moved inside one step of defending her Madrid Open crown, beating Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 6-2 6-3 in Friday’s semi-last clash.

Halep has but to win an ATP title this 12 months, However victory against either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Kristina Mladenovic in Saturday’s remaining on the Caja Majica would see her climb to fourth within the rankings.

Unseeded Sevastova was taking part in her first semi-closing at premier obligatory level, the grade immediately under grand slam tournaments.

She went toe to toe together with her larger-ranked opponent early within the suit earlier than Halep broke in the fifth and the seventh video games and then with no trouble served out the primary set.

The defending champion acquired off on the improper foot within the 2d, and trailed 3-Zero after surrendering her first provider recreation.

However some phrases of advice from teach Darren Cahill prompted a swift turnaround and he or she won the subsequent six video games to march into her third Madrid ultimate in Seventy Three minutes.

Halep finished runner-up to Maria Sharapova in 2014.

(Reporting By Way Of Richard Martin; modifying By Using John Stonestreet)

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