Simona Halep roars back to reach Toronto WTA semis

AFP| Updated: Aug 15, 2015, 12:51 PM IST
Simona Halep roars back to reach Toronto WTA semis

Romanian second seed Simona Halep advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA Rogers Cup on Friday by roaring back to defeat Polish sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 0-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Halep next will face Italy`s Sara Errani, who defeated Ukraine qualifier Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-4 in another semi-final at the hardcourt warm-up event for the US Open, the year`s final Grand Slam tournament that begins August 31.

World number one Serena Williams plays later against Italy`s Roberta Vinci with that winner set to face either Swiss Belinda Bencic or Serbian fifth seed Ana Ivanovic in the semi-finals.

Williams could win her fifth Grand Slam title in a row and complete a calendar year Grand Slam by defending her US Open crown. That would also give her 22 Grand Slam singles titles, matching Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era.

Radwanska won the first seven games of the match and looked in control. 

But Halep battled to 3-3 in the second set and then seized command, winning eight games in a row to reach the brink of victory.

Radwanska held at love in the penultimate game but Halep matched her in the concluder to claim her 300th career singles victory after one hour and 40 minutes on the court.

"It was a tough match," Halep said. "She played an amazing first set. I couldn`t move my legs first set. I made many mistakes. But I kept my concentration and a changed a few things and was able to come back."