WTA Qatar Total Open: Simona Halep books final date with Angelique Kerber

Last Updated: 15/02/14 7:49pm

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Simona Halep: overcame slow start to reach Qatar Open final

Simona Halep: overcame slow start to reach Qatar Open final

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Simona Halep eliminated Agnieszka Radwanska from the Qatar Total Open with a straight-sets victory in the semi-finals.

Halep had trailed her Polish opponent 5-2 in the first set before winning eight games in a row to take control of the match.

That run meant Halep took the first set 7-5 before going 3-0 up in the second.

Radwanska briefly stopped the rot but Halep soon regained control to win the second set 6-2 to complete the victory.

"I knew that playing the way I was (early on) it was not possible to win," said Halep.

"So I started to play more aggressive, and play more crosses and short crosses, and to finish the points, and take the chances."

Kerber beats Jankovic

Halep, ranked 10th in the world, recorded the best win of her career against a player ranked No 4 in the world and will face sixth seed Angelique Kerber in the final.

The German defeated fifth-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic 6-1 7-6 (8/6).

In their only previous meeting, an ITF Women's Circuit event in 2009, Halep won 7-5 in the third set.

At the time Kerber was ranked 95 in the world and Halep 228, and they are now nine and 10 respectively.

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